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While Giovanni van Bronckhorst felt his team had no chance against Manchester City two weeks ago, the coach had a different impression after the 3-1 loss at Napoli. That said, Van Bronckhorst had to admit that his side had not been able to make things difficult for the Italian outfit.
Conceding after seven minutes certainly did not help Feyenoord’s cause. ‘That goal came far too early,’ said Van Bronckhorst. ‘We did stay in the game for a long time after that and we kept it at 1-0. We were good on the ball and had more possession, gave few chances away and continued to play compact. At the end of the day, you see that we were done in by individual errors.’
Kevin Diks was at fault for the second goal and Renato Tapia for the third. ‘At Champions League level, matches are decided in a moment. If you concede early on and make these types of mistake, it is very hard to at least get a draw. At the end of the day we were missing too many players today to really make things difficult for Napoli,’ said Van Bronckhort, who was without the injured Kramer and saw Jan-Arie van der Heijden also go down with an injury just before kick-off.
With no points from the first two rounds, the Champions League campaign has not started as well as Feyenoord would have hoped. ‘It’s hard when you lose twice. We knew it was a tough task, because we have a fairly young squad that is not used to playing at this level. At the end of the day, we want to still be in Europe in the spring. The next two matches against Shakhtar Donetsk are very important in that respect.’
Feyenoord host the Ukrainians, who lost 2-0 at Manchester City on Tuesday evening, at De Kuip on Tuesday 17 October. The return is on Wednesday 1 November.