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Feyenoord have a chance to put last week’s disappointing defeat at Excelsior behind them when Heracles Almelo come to De Kuip on Sunday for the season’s final Eredivisie fixture. A win is still enough to secure the title. ‘We are very confident that we’ll do that, with the support of the legion,’ says coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst.
Part of that positive mindset is due to the fact that Feyenoord take on their mild-table opponents at home in front of their own fans, the legion as they are known. ‘We’re strong at De Kuip, the circumstances are very different from last Sunday,’ said Van Bronckhorst. ‘We have one match to play, which we have to win. The Feyenoord fans will cheer us on for the full ninety minutes, as they do at every home match. That support makes us feel strong; Sunday will be no different.’
Van Bronckhorst will be without Tonny Vilhena on Sunday. The midfielder is suspended. ‘He’s a big loss but we will do it with the players who are available,’ said Van Bronckhorst. ‘The most important thing is that we finish the match with a win.’