When the Eredivisie is resumed, a lot of attention will again go to Feyenoord. The team from Rotterdam is struggling with administrative unrest, but sportingly it performs well under Dick Advocaat. Four reasons for the revival among the experienced trainer and a preview of the second half of the season.
Close with the players: 'Lawyer enjoys a lot of respect'
Dennis van Eersel (Feyenoord watcher from RTV Rijnmond) : "In the first few weeks, I saw Advocaat make a lot of physical contact with the players. He put a hand on everyone's shoulders. That was exactly what Feyenoord needed at the time. The self-confidence was rock bottom , the players walked head down. "
Rinus Israël (former player and trainer of Feyenoord) : "You see that Lawyer enjoys a lot of respect among the players and that is an advantage for a trainer. If he points out to someone a shortcoming, it is assumed. Stam had that less , but he also came in during a nasty period. Many players were not fit at the time. "
Andy van der Meijde (played for the Dutch national team under Advocaat) : "The players of Feyenoord are now fighting more for the trainer. Advocaat is a very nice and sweet man. I remember well that I once walked over to him at the Oranje hotel I wanted to go home because I had just become a father So I told Lawyer I was a little sick He said, "No, you are not, but go home" These are small things, but you get there of the players very much in return. "
Dick Advocaat embraces Orkun Kökçü. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Building on experience: 'Kökçü is the exception'
Van Eersel : "In his line-up, Attorney often opts for experience. Orkun Kökçü is actually the exception to the rule. We have not seen Wouter Burger again after stepping up from Stam and Lutsharel Geertruida and Tyrell Malacia are forced into it because of Rick's injuries Karsdorp and Ridgeciano Haps. Otherwise they would have sat on the couch like Burger. "
Van der Meijde : "During this period, the lawyer must also appeal to the somewhat older boys. Feyenoord must get European football to catch some more money. That is much needed for the club. Then the lawyer can put all the young boys in it, but if they miss out on European football, they will be completely done. "
Van Eersel : "Lawyer spoke a lot with Kökçü in his early days. That does indicate how much talent he has. It is also logical that he plays a lot, because he can deliver a lot on the transfer market in the future. Feyenoord wants him next summer may already sell, should a good offer come in. "
Dick Advocaat celebrates a goal together with Steven Berghuis. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Berghuis new supplier: "Lawyer has stimulated him"
Van Eersel : "The decision to make Berghuis captain was well done. Lawyer has provoked him. Something has also changed between Berghuis and the supporters. He faced the troops after the disgrace against Ajax (4-0, ed.) when the selection was returned by angry fans upon their return to Rotterdam. The band seems to have become better as a result. "
Israel : "It has been a smart move by Advocaat, I had done the same. Of course Berghuis was not chosen as the leader because he was already the good example in the selection in terms of behavior. Berghuis distinguishes itself with his game. Now that he is the leader, he gets more responsibility and he will pay more attention to how he behaves. "
Van Eersel : "Berghuis escaped a red card a few times under Stam, but apart from the elbow against RKC Waalwijk goalkeeper Etienne Vaessen, he has not really been in controversy lately. He has been very decisive in his playing lately. He is not without reason with eleven goals second in the top scorers ranking of the Eredivisie. "
Dick Advocaat shouts to his players during a match. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Defensive organization comes first: "Offensive football is not feasible with this group"
Van Eersel : "It was raining goals against Stam, so the first thing Lawyer did was to shut things up at the back and counter a little from there. With this material, that is a more logical conception of the game that Stam stood for. He wanted to play offensive football, but that was not feasible with this group. "
Israel : "Defensively, it looks a bit better and you see a clearer way of playing. I especially notice that the attitude of the players is good. A lot of work is being done. That doesn't mean that the game is better than under Stam, because I don't see that. You have to be that honest. "
Van der Meijde : "Football has become a lot more solid under Advocaat, but it all has to get going a bit. Feyenoord is not so easy to beat anymore. They had a phase in which opponents thought: this will be a breeze, but that is over. Lawyer has got it back on track. "
Dick Advocaat cheers after a goal. (Photo: Pro Shots)
The second half of the season: 'Fourth place is already good result'
Van Eersel : "Feyenoord should focus on third place. It is all still very fragile. The season can just end in a minor if they do not win European football and do not win the cup. It would therefore be a bit too opportunistic to extend the Lawyer contract already. The momentum is not right now. "
Israel : "I think Feyenoord will be fourth. PSV will recover, AZ will not fall far back and Ajax will take the title. The fourth place is a good result, especially if you look at the fact that it is not a too bright season. Confidence is back and hopefully that will also have a positive influence on the results. "
Van der Meijde : "Feyenoord can forget a place in the first two and therefore reaching the Europa League is the highest attainable. The cup is going to be a difficult story, since they can hit AZ, PSV and Ajax. But Feyenoord is a club that can always rise above themselves in the cup, so they don't stand a chance. "
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