Dick Advocaat sees Feyenoord as an underdog for Sunday's Classic against Ajax.

The trainer especially hopes that his team can turn it into a real battle.

"I find it interesting to see what we can show against a top team like Ajax", said Lawyer at a press conference on Friday.

"They have a very strong team, they have shown that in the Champions League in recent years."

"We are not that far with Feyenoord yet. We have quite a lot of young players, I am curious to see how far they are in their development on Sunday."

The 73-year-old Lawyer has never experienced a Classic in his long career as a player or coach.

"But that doesn't have a special feeling. I like every game," he said soberly.

"I hope that we can also make it a fun race, with a lot of struggle. Then we will not only have to walk backwards, but also have to pose a threat when possible."

Lawyer will not adjust tactical plan

Lawyer hinted that he will not deviate from his regular 4-3-3 system.

Shortly before the winter break, he did so by starting against Vitesse (1-0 defeat) in a 5-3-2 formation.

"We will defend compactly and in groups in the ArenA. But we will no longer play with five defenders. Then you are only holding back and that is of no use to you," said Lawyer.

"We want to attack when we can."

Lawyer also does not see a tactic with high pressing such as PSV, which used successfully against Ajax for half an hour last weekend.

"I don't dare to do that with Feyenoord. Nowadays it is fashion to put pressure very early on. If you can do that well, that's fine, but otherwise you shouldn't do it because then you will be outplayed."

A positive point for Feyenoord on the way to the Classic is the close defense.

In the last eight games, the team from Rotterdam only took three hits.

"I think we have an annoying team to play against," said the coach.

"The team has a good mentality and the organization is good. Then you are already a long way."

Three Feyenoord players cannot play the entire match

Feyenoord can have Orkun Kökçü again on Sunday, as if the midfielder is far from 100 percent after an injury.

"The doctor has said he can play for fifteen or twenty minutes," said Lawyer.

"Ridgeciano Haps and Luis Sinisterra are also not able to participate in the entire match yet. I can use those two for maybe half or an hour."

Ajax-Feyenoord starts on Sunday at 4.45 pm and is led by Danny Makkelie.

Feyenoord last won a Classic in Amsterdam in 2005.

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