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Giovanni van Bronckhorst is considering adopting a new game plan for Tuesday’s Champions League Group F fixture at Napoli. Speaking during Monday evening’s press conference at Stadio San Paolo just ahead of his squad’s final training session, the head coach suggested he might be ready to mix it up.
‘Whether you adapt to your opponents or not always depends on the players you have available to you,’ said Van Bronckhorst when asked if he would ditch his 4-3-3 formation. ‘We have to be good defensively against Napoli, so there’s a good chance that we will play another system.’
Ahead of that final session, Van Bronckhorst was still unsure about how he would set his team up. There are still question marks against Jeremiah St. Juste and Jens Toornstra due to minor injuries. ‘If they come through training well, then they will be available. So we just have to wait and see,’ said Van Bronckhorst, who will certainly be without Eric Botteghin. The Brazilian defender has suffered a cruciate injury and will not return to action until after the winter break at the earliest.
Van Bronckhorst understands that Feyenoord have a tough job on their hands against Napoli, who have a perfect record in Serie A after six games and want to get back on track in the Champions League after their opening match-day defeat against Shakhtar Donetsk. ‘Napoli are a high-pressing team that work well together and score a lot of goals. We are not favourites on Tuesday, we can be honest about that. But you always have a chance and we have to grasp it.’