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Performance positive for the future, says Advocaat

Dick Advocaat saw good and bad things from his side against FC Porto on Thursday. Feyenoord came back well from an early 2-0 deficit and dominated the second half, but ultimately conceded three times and were knocked out of the Europa League. ‘A disappointing result,’ was Advocaat’s verdict.

Feyenoord’s head coach felt his side deserved at least a point from the final Europa League Group G game. ‘The intensity with which we want to play and played: that was evident in large parts of the match,’ said Advocaat.

‘We were not concerned about the situation at Rangers v Young Boys; for us it was about playing a good game against a top European club. I wanted to see how we would handle it. I might be biased, but I saw good things.’

Advocaat sighed when talking about the opportunities that Feyenoord spurned once again. ‘When you don’t convert those two good chances in the first half, why is that?’ he asked rhetorically. ‘We have to make the most of the opportunities more often. Despite scoring twice, the ball has to be put in the back of the net more often.’

Advocaat also expressed concern about his side conceding three goals. ‘I was startled by those conceded goals, because they should never have been scored. We did everything wrong in the leadup. You really cannot do that at this level. We will have to have a proper talk about that.’

The head coach plans to discuss both the good and the bad from the game ahead of Sunday’s clash at De Kuip against PSV. ‘The performance in certain parts of the match was positive looking to the future.’