Van Persie and Berghuis delighted with partnership

Robin van Persie and Steven Berghuis hooked up well in Sunday’s 4-3 win at PEC Zwolle. Each striker praised his partner’s performance at the MAC3PARK Stadium.

It was clear within ten minutes that Berghuis and Van Persie were on the same wavelength, when Van Persie scored the opening goal. ‘Jean-Paul [Boëtius] played a really great pass into Steven, who set it up perfectly,’ said the scorer afterwards.

‘I did have to slide in a bit to get to it, but it was a good goal,’ said Van Persie. ‘For the second, I was able to place the ball better. The most important thing was shooting at goal and I managed it. When you do that, the ball often goes in.’

‘Too much’
Berghuis enjoyed Van Persie’s two goals. ‘He’s special,’ he said. ‘He’s too much. I often try to find him, because you know you will often get it back. Robin’s special; a player who doesn’t get flustered.’

Berghuis also made an important contribution in Zwolle, as he claimed another assist for Tonny Vilhena’s goal to make it 4-1. That brought him up to 11 assists in the Eredivisie this season and gave him a confidence boost ahead of the upcoming international window. ‘I’m looking forward to it,’ he said about Oranje’s friendlies against England and Portugal. ‘A new beginning under a new national coach.’

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