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Giovanni van Bronckhorst expressed mixed feelings after Feyenoord beat PEC Zwolle 3-0 on Sunday. The coach was happy with his team’s performance in the first half, but was concerned about the decline in quality after the break.
Wrap it up
The head coach was pleased with his side’s attitude in the opening 45 minutes. Feyenoord played at a high tempo, with a lot of movement and the passes were sticking, resulting in a lot of chances. ‘We should have wrapped the game up there are then,’ was Van Bronckhorst’s view. He was happy to see his side score from a corner and the fact that it was Nicolai Jørgensen who scored it made him even happier. ‘He was really looking for a goal. You see that he is increasingly strong and threatening and this gives him even more confidence.’
While Feyenoord looked fresh before the break, they found it harder to control the game in the second half. Van Bronckhorst offered an insight here. ‘The positioning wasn’t good, especially when we didn’t have the ball. A couple of times Calvin Verdonk found himself in a situation where he had to make a decision.’ It looked like the visitors would halve his side’s lead, but in the end Steven Berghuis settled it in the host’s favour. Van Bronckhorst described it as ‘a liberating goal.’
Berghuis was forced off with an injury not long after. ‘A knee-on-knee collision,’ was how Van Bronckhorst saw it. But the head coach was unable to give an injury update on the winger. ‘I don’t think it’s very serious, but we’ll have to wait and see.’
With or without Berghuis, Feyenoord travel to Amsterdam next Sunday for a second versus third clash. Van Bronckhorst is already looking forward to 'the Klassieker'. ‘Those are the best games to play in. Ajax are in very good form, but that doesn’t always mean anything. We know we can jump above them in the table with a good result.’