Two weeks ago, Feyenoord was still fully involved in the battle for the title in the Eredivisie, but three defeats later, the season seems to end again in a deception for the team from Rotterdam.

It caused irritation between trainer Dick Advocaat and his players.

Feyenoord lost on Wednesday after the loss against Ajax (1-0) and AZ (2-3) without a chance with 3-0 against sc Heerenveen, which had not won for months.

Lawyer attributed the disappointing series to, among other things, a lack of quality compared to the competition and that went down the wrong way for his players.

Captain Steven Berghuis complained about this to Attorney on behalf of the selection on Friday, but at the same time emphasized that they are still 100 percent behind him.

The 73-year-old Hagenaar then said that his statements have been misinterpreted and that he is finishing the season at Feyenoord.

"The lawyer now says that he did not mean it that way, but that is how it came across after the duel with Heerenveen. Football players are much more exposed to criticism than before. So as a coach you have to know how words come across to your players and do something with it ", says former Feyenoord coach Gertjan Verbeek.

"I was trained and I also think Lawyer in picture, talk, action. But that time has passed, it is now more picture, chat, action, chat. The players give feedback about the chosen tactics and have more and more rebuttals. you have to go along as a trainer. "

The players of Feyenoord drip off after the defeat against sc Heerenveen.

The players of Feyenoord drip off after the defeat against sc Heerenveen.

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'Lawyer an example of how you deal with each other'

The lawyer was initially very successful at Feyenoord.

He succeeded the dismissals of Jaap Stam in October 2019 and has since then strung together.

Only in October last year was the first loss in the Eredivisie (1-0 against Vitesse), but sentiment has changed due to the results after the winter break.

"I think it is nonsense that it is suddenly about Dick's position. If you see where Feyenoord comes from ... They just have an unfortunate week. You can lose top players, those are matches in itself," said Jan Wouters, who has spent the years Ninety under Lawyer played for PSV and the Dutch national team.

"If you didn't measure up or had played a bad game, then Dick was very honest about what he thought of you. You saw that after the duel with Heerenveen and earlier about Pratto. Dick is very tough in the field of football, but beyond that very soft and an example of how you treat each other. "

Dick Advocaat gives directions to his players.

Dick Advocaat gives directions to his players.

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'Players must radiate that they still believe in Lawyer'

Feyenoord has dropped to fifth place and is already twelve points behind leader Ajax, which means that a small miracle is needed to be able to become champion.

The team will have another tough job on Sunday, because then number two PSV will visit De Kuip.

"The players must radiate that they still believe in Advocaat. If, just like against Ajax, they show that they can play football well and especially show commitment, Advocaat will say afterwards: They have added action to words. I think that the result will be less. is important to him, "says Verbeek.

"I think it is very opportunistic to talk about a possible departure of Dick", Wouters concludes.

"The only thing I can imagine is that if he notices that his players no longer feel like working for him, he doesn't feel like it anymore. Then Dick is someone who can say: I think it's fine like this. . "

The top match between Feyenoord and PSV starts on Sunday at 2.30 p.m. in De Kuip and is led by referee Dennis Hilger.

At 4.45 pm AZ and Ajax will compete against each other in the AFAS Stadium in Alkmaar and that squatter is led by Bas Nijhuis.

View the program, the results and the position in the Eredivisie