Van Bronckhorst: ‘Very different from recent weeks’

Giovanni van Bronckhorst scarcely recognised his own team in Sunday’s 0-2 defeat to Fortuna Sittard. The loss brought to an end Feyenoord’s five-match winning streak. ‘The difference from recent weeks was too big,’ the head coach stated post-match.

The home loss decimated the confidence Feyenoord had built up on their recent impressive run. ‘Before the match I told the lads that the performances in previous matches were no guarantee,’ said Van Bronckhorst. ‘That does not win you any games. You have to do the same things and play with the same intention. But we were nowhere near as good.’

For Van Bronckhorst, Feyenoord never really imposed themselves on their opponents. ‘We did not keep the ball well enough and found it hard to find the open man. Basically, nothing that went well in recent weeks came off today. It’s too difficult to find an explanation. We trained well and we felt good, so I didn’t see this coming.’

Van Bronckhorst did not want to hide behind the fact that a large number of players were unavailable or that Feyenoord lost Jordy Clasie midway through the match. ‘I don’t want to use the absentees as an excuse. We have to do it with the lads who are available, which is why we have a big squad,’ said the head coach.

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