Steven Berghuis believes that Feyenoord on Thursday against Dinamo Tbilisi has shown what it is capable of. The team from Rotterdam convincingly won 4-0 against the Georgians in their own home in the first leg of the third preliminary round of the Europa League.
"This must be our norm. I don't know if we can hold on to this for a whole season, but everyone has seen that there is enough potential in this team. It all starts to look a bit like", Berghuis told Tbilisi good for a goal and an assist.
Nevertheless, the attacker was also surprised by the Feyenoord game. The home club created countless opportunities and gave nothing away after a few long shots, so that the final score of 4-0 (the last three goals fell in the last ten minutes) was not even flattering.
"It has not really come true so far. We are still searching. That makes sense. We are in the middle of a process. A new trainer with new ideas, players who were attracted yesterday, young talents ... It has need time to turn all of this into a good whole.
"We also needed this. This is important for the phase we are in. Everyone grew after the 2-0. Take for example the action of Sam Larsson (he introduced Luciano Narsingh's 4-0 with a nice 'akka ", ed.). That has to do with confidence. It feels very nice."
Steven Berghuis provided a 3-0 penalty for Feyenoord against Dinamo Tbilisi. (Photo: Pro Shots)
"Becoming a champion becomes difficult"
One of Feyenoord's brand new acquisitions, Rick Karsdorp, said on Wednesday that he sees no reason why the club could not become champion this season, but Berghuis somewhat tempered expectations around last season's number three.
"Becoming a champion is going to be difficult, but we want to participate longer than last season. If we can make good progress in terms of development, we will see where that leads to. There is also gain in development. Geertruida look, then I enjoy it. "
"In any case, I am not concerned with what the outside world thinks of us. If I would pay attention to that, I would just talk myself into the pit and I would not like it. It is true that we are still have not shown very many good things, but that has its reasons. "
Berghuis hopes that in the coming years Feyenoord will put itself back on the map in Europe. He does not want to experience the same debacle again as he did a year ago, when the club battled against the Slovak AS Trencín in the third heat of the Europa League.
"That is not good for your career. I try to make players such as Orkun Kökcü, Wout Burger and Tapia, who have the potential for abroad, aware of the importance of European duels. It is also extremely important for the club. Players get more value with good results and players want to come. It would be nice if this was the first step. "
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