Vitesse coach Leonid Slutsky is enormously proud that his squad Tuesday despite a debilitating season at the expense of FC Groningen in the final of the play-offs for European football has taken off. The Rus notes that his players are on holiday.
“Now, if you take a look at the dressing room takes, you can see that everyone with ice. They walk around like penguins”, described Slutsky the aches of his players after the game laughing at FOX Sports.
“The whole team was great. We had injuries, a lot of staffing problems and there were a lot of young players on the bench. Some of them have never had the selection been.”
In spite of the fatigue was Vitesse that the 2-1 defeat from the heenduel had to make it up – after half an hour already with 3-0. Martin Ødegaard was with a goal and two assists from the luminary to the people from arnhem.
In the final stage came to Groningen thanks to Kaj Sierhuis back to 3-1 and had the ‘Pride of the North’ is still one goal needed to go through, but that was not. Vitesse is in the final of the play-offs against FC Utrecht.
Vitesse coach Leonid Slutsky. (Photo: Pro Shots)
‘Difficult to get motivation to find’
The 48-year-old Slutsky found the setting that Vitesse in the moderately filled bus station and showed commendable. “I saw passion and character. It is very difficult to get motivation to find when the season is almost over, but I am very proud,” he said.
“It was incredible. We played very well and went for each other by the fire. We had the match completely under control. Groningen actually came not a moment in the match and after the tegendoelpunt we have nothing more given away.”
Real Madrid-mercenary Ødegaard was also enthusiastic about Vitesse. “We had a lot of injuries and pains, but it is great in order for this team to play. It was a beautiful evening. I played bad in the heenduel, so I was keen to put that right.”
The first match of the final of the play-offs is on Friday, at 20.45 hours in Utrecht. The return is four days later, at the same time in Arnhem. The winner will position itself for the second qualifying round of the Europa League.
Match schedule play-offs for European football and promotion/relegation