Van Bronckhorst: ‘Feyenoord-players are still looking not to duel with City
The team plays next week his first match in the main draw of the Champions League since 2002, but according to trainer Giovanni van Bronckhorst is his selection now only concerned with the competitieduel at Heracles Almelo on Saturday.
“One of our strengths last season was that we did not have matches back and watched,” said Van Bronckhorst Friday at a press conference in The Cockpit. “I do look further, but the players don’t.”
The team starts the group stage of the Champions League Wednesday night in The Cockpit with a match against football club Manchester City.
That is the first groepsduel of the People in the most important European clubtoernooi since the 2-3 defeat against Newcastle United on 13 november 2002.
“Roy Makaay has already looked at Manchester City and their match on Saturday against Liverpool, we get on a picture”, announced Van Bronckhorst. “But only from Sunday we go with the group to work towards that match.”
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Feyenoord wait according to his trainer, the first “serious test” in Almelo, the netherlands. Heracles continued in the first three speelrondes undefeated with one victory and two draws. The reigning champion is the leader of the Premier league with nine points from three matches.
Attacker Sam Larsson, who at the end of August was taken over from sc Heerenveen, for the first time in the selection of Feyenoord. The 24-year-old Swede was missing two weeks ago in the home match against Willem II (5-0 victory) because he is a trainingsachterstand had.
“Sam has over the past weeks, able to train well,” said Van Bronckhorst. “He has in preparation a little trained in a team. That you saw there to him, but he grabs it quickly. The past few weeks he has to work.”
The trainer has already been longer an Sven van Beek, Bart Nieuwkoop and Kenneth Vermeer on a fit group.
Heracles Almelo-Feyenoord starts on Saturday evening at 18.30 hrs and is under the direction of referee Danny Makkelie.
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