Trainer Jaap Stam of Feyenoord could not possibly be satisfied on Thursday after the defeat of his team at Rangers FC (1-0). The Rotterdammers played inadequately in the Europa League game, especially for the break.
Sheyi Ojo was the creator of the only goal at Ibrox Park. The Englishman shot the ball hard behind goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer and gave the Scots an excellent start in the European cup tournament.
Stam thought his team could have done much more to prevent that hit. The coach thought that Rick Karsdorp lost his game very easily just before. "We went too weak there," the former international told FOX Sports .
The former defender saw that the Scots physically did a lot more to win duels. "You have to throw in your soul and bliss in this kind of competition. They kick you in half when necessary, but unfortunately that is not in our nature."
Jaap Stam thought the Rangers were willing to pay more. (Photo: Pro Shots)
"Looked more like it in the second half"
Only after half time did Feyenoord manage to shrug off the hesitation. Among others, substitute Luciano Narsingh got a chance, but ran into the goalkeeper.
"We were often anxious about the rest, but in the second half we could make it difficult for them," Stam said. "Then we have the conviction and there are moments where we have to get more out of it. It certainly looked more like it in the second half."
Stam could understand that his team often suffered a loss of ball. "That is part of it, especially if you are put under pressure by a physically strong team. Then you have to act faster and that sometimes leads to a loss of ball. The players have to get used to it."
Feyenoord will play the second group match in the Europa League in two weeks. The people from Rotterdam will receive FC Porto for their own audience.
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