Dick Advocaat is happy with the final to FC Utrecht in the play-offs for European football, but the trainer shows itself not in favour of the extra games after the end of the regular season.
“If you’re fifth or sixth, you’ve got the whole season to be played and then you earn that position,” said Attorney Tuesday night at the press conference after the 3-0-thuiszege on Heracles. The first match was Saturday by FC Utrecht in Almelo all with a 0-2 win.
“Now you have to enter an extra competition again. There may be sometimes a winner out of the battle that are not so high ended. I think that it is better on the basis of the ranking choices are made.”
With FC Utrecht (sixth) and Vitesse (fifth) are also in this season the highest-placed teams in the final of the play-offs may compete for a European ticket. Heracles and FC Groningen ended the regular season as respectively the seventh and eighth.
Vitesse and FC Utrecht again in the final play-offs for European football
“Is nowhere full of during play-offs’
Lawyer with his criticism of the play-offs to find support in the number of spectators. Only 11.233 people knew Tuesday night the road to The Galgenwaard stadium, while FC Utrecht in the Eredivisie at home games average almost 19,000 spectators it attracts.
“It is during this European play-offs nowhere full according to me”, says Lawyer. “For us tonight, not too bad I thought. But if you at FC Groningen look. Or at Heracles last week. There’s normally always packed, but Saturday was also a lot less. Wouldn’t that be in the evaluations need to be included.”
Since the 2005/2006 season, after the regular Eredivisie season via the play-offs battle for the European tickets, but the intent has been several times amended. The last seasons have a club four extra matches to play to the play-offs winning to be able to conclude.
The final of the play-offs begin Friday with a home game for FC Utrecht. The return in Arnhem is four days later on the program. The winner of the double meeting place for the second qualifying round of the Europa League.
Match schedule play-offs for European football and promotion/relegation