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‘We wanted to get at our opponents from minute one, give them the feeling that they were not going to get anything,’ said Giovanni van Bronckhorst after Thursday’s 4-1 win against VVV-Venlo. ‘We certainly managed that. So I’m satisfied not only with the three points, but with the way we played too.’
After Sunday’s 2-1 victory against PSV, the performance may have been just as important as the result for Van Bronckhorst. Feyenoord pinned the league leaders to the floor from the beginning and never let up. The head coach wanted his side to do that against VVV-Venlo too.
‘We really gave VVV the sense that they wouldn’t get anything, although that did not immediately deliver lots of chances,’ said Van Bronckhorst. ‘But we knew they would come and that the goals would too.’
Tonny Vilhena and Robin van Persie both scored before the break, with Sam Larsson landing a brace in the second half. That made three in two games after the one against PSV at the weekend. ‘Sam is now showing why he plays for Feyenoord,’ said Van Bronckhorst. ‘I’m happy for Sam, how he is now on the pitch.’
‘The win against PSV gave us more than just three points,’ Van Bronckhorst concluded. ‘We saw that today in how we played, set the tempo, the combinations. We are making progress. We have to continue that on Sunday against FC Emmen. This is how we have to continue.’