Leonid Slutsky is proud to Vitesse in the final of the play-offs for European football weekend began with a 1-1-draw with FC Utrecht. The coach sees his team after a long season already for a while very fatigued, and that it is getting heavier and heavier.
“This was the most fatigued team I’ve ever seen. Between 12 may and today we have five matches played, that is almost impossible. It is very difficult to now about the quality or tactics to talk,” said Slutsky after the duel in san francisco at FOX Sports.
“It’s like running a marathon. After 40 kilometres you think of nowhere more and you will want to just ensure that you finish the race. So, today is the day for us. I have the team to thank, because we have the patience and character shown.”
Vitesse came in the Galgenwaard Stadium behind by a hit of the Sander of the Region, but for peace made Tim Matavz equal. Tuesday competing teams in the GelreDome in Arnhem for a European ticket.
“We have now for the first time, one day extra rest and that is important,” says Slutsky. “And we’re playing at home, that is a big advantage because our supporters are always behind us. We play at home is always different.”
Vitesse coach Leonid Slutsky before the race in conversation with Dick Advocaat. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Lawyer: “It was a battle’
Colleague Dick Advocaat, who are last home game experienced as a trainer of FC Utrecht, he saw that his players physically, also heavy had and especially after resting to survive was for both teams.
“It was a war of attrition. Both parties could not be more giving. It was waiting until someone would collapse. They have really given everything,” said the former coach of Orange.
“Especially in the second half was a battle and then you just are lucky enough to have the small dominance to turn into goals. We have, however, opportunities were missed that really in need and that is quality, but I can make my players only but compliment.”
Lawyer is confident that he is going to save with Utrecht. “We still have everything in their own hands. We can in Arnhem with a 0-1 win and we are there. A compliment to the players for what they have to show.”
The winner of the play-offs flows in the coming season in the second qualifying round of the Europa League. The return in Arnhem begins Tuesday at 20.45 hours.
Vitesse came in Utrecht on lagging behind by a goal by Sander of the Region. (Photo: Pro Shots)