After saying his formal farewells at De Kuip on Sunday, Giovanni van Bronckhorst took charge of Feyenoord for the last time...
NAC were comprehensively beaten by Feyenoord in Breda on Wednesday evening, with the visitors running out 4-0 winners. ‘I’m really happy that we have secured third place in this way,’ said Giovanni van Bronckhorst post-match. ‘European football is important for this club.’
Van Bronckhorst’s men dominated from the start. The only thing the head coach might have hoped for was a few more goals. ‘We played in a very disciplined way today. We knew the opponents were under a lot of pressure because of their relegation battle and we handled that well. The score should have been higher, though.’
The win guaranteed Feyenoord a third-place finish in the Eredivisie. ‘We wanted to stay alongside Ajax and PSV for longer this season, but unfortunately we didn’t manage it,’ said Van Bronckhorst. After the away game against FC Utrecht we were three points behind AZ, now we are seven ahead. The team deserves a lot of praise for the performances over recent weeks.’
While Feyenoord’s final Eredivisie position has already been confirmed, two matches remain in the campaign. At the final home match of the season, the visit of ADO Den Haag on Sunday 12 May, the fans will have the opportunity to say a fond farewell to Van Bronckhorst and Robin van Persie. ‘It will be very special,’ said the departing head coach. ‘I heard the supporters singing in the away section this evening; it felt good. We want to end the season well.’