Van Bronckhorst: ‘We didn’t give PSV any space’

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s saw his pre-match wish come true as Feyenoord put in a passionate display against PSV on Sunday. The hosts whipped up the home crowd with a fierce performance that got the stadium rocking and Feyenoord ended up claiming the spoils, with 2-1 win. ‘I think we deserved the win,’ said the head coach post-match.

Feyenoord started very strongly against the league leaders, who were defending an unbeaten Eredivisie record going into the fixture. ‘If you want something, you have to play like that,’ said Van Bronckhorst. ‘We didn’t give PSV any space, especially in the first half. I think we could even have scored more on the break.’

The first half took a lot out of the team. Nicolai Jørgensen and Jordy Clasie were both forced off with injuries (‘We’ll have to see what they have tomorrow’) and Steven Bergwijn grabbed one back for PSV on 73 minutes. ‘You know it’ll get difficult then,’ admitted Van Bronckhorst. ‘They have a lot of weapons, with Luuk de Jong as target man and the quick lads around him.’

Happily, the equaliser never came, with PSV failing to take at least a point from an Eredivisie game for the first time this season. ‘We only had one aim today and that was getting three points,’ said Van Bronckhorst. ‘I think we deserved to win. We have also closed the gap to PSV [now 10 points, ed.]. The league has just got more exciting for us.’

Feyenoord hope to keep up the pressure on Thursday when VVV-Venlo visit De Kuip, while a trip to FC Emmen is on the fixture list on Sunday.

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