It’s match day at last! After a winter break that seemed to last for centuries, Feyenoord will resume the competition tonight with a home match against Vitesse. Rotterdam’s preparation for the second half of the season was very chaotic due to several injuries to Corona, but this should not prevent the Arne Slot from starting the second half of the season well. The match starts tonight at 8:00pm and can be followed live on ESPN and via the live blog at FR12.nl.
Rotterdam would have preferred different preparations for the second half of the season. Several players have returned from vacation with coronavirus and Slot has been forced into quarantine due to a positive test at home. This meant that Feyenoord had to cancel the training camp in Marbella. Initially the intention was to take off the team especially for the training match against Club Brugge, but the club decided not to. It eventually became a practice match against PEC Zwolle in Varkenord, which won the event 3-1.
Feyenoord almost entered the winter break with a bad feeling, until sc Heerenveen was sent off and defeated 0-3. Due to the draw with FC Groningen (1-1) and the classic loss (0-2), this win was more than welcome. Of the last five games before the holiday, two games have also been won: Heracles Almelo at home (2-1) and Fortuna Sittard at home (5-0). Because of the two matches without a win, the standings have changed slightly: Feyenoord is now four points behind leaders PSV Eindhoven and three points behind Ajax.
Slot agrees that a perfect setup would have been better. However, this does not mean that nothing positive can be excluded from the situation. “The preparation was chaotic, but I see an opportunity in that because I think the coming weeks and months will all be chaotic. The first week of our preparation in particular wasn’t optimal. We canceled the training camp at the last minute and then we also had to skip the match against Club Brugge,” Slot said. At the press conference yesterday: “After that the coach will not be around for a few days and a number of players will be tested positive.” “I also told the boys it’s a good experience to have this in the first week right away, because I don’t think it’s the last week where we have to Dealing with this kind of changing circumstance.”
With Vitesse, Feyenoord will meet the team that lost 2-1 earlier this season. At the time, Rotterdam failed to do so, but that defeat was not in the least due to the constant stretching of time on the part of the Arnhem team. She doesn’t blame Slots for that and praises tonight’s opponent. “These are tricks that not only Vitesse use when they are in support, but a lot of clubs do. You can’t blame them for that at all. The way they played with us was especially interesting. We have to be prepared for that tonight and it’s not that easy; you face a lot of The teams have had a tough time against Vitesse this season. I think it’s surprising, given the group they were in, that they’ve spent the winter in Europe. Perhaps that’s partly due to Tottenham’s conditions, but it’s a very good performance. It also says something about Vitesse’s qualities.”
Luis Sinistera and Gernot Trauner were injured at the end of the first half of the season and missed the rest of the matches. Sinistra’s not here tonight either, Trauner. The Austrian has already returned to base in the training match against PEC Zwolle. Reiss Nelson is the logical alternative to Sinisterra; Jens Tornstra appears to be playing the role of the right winger. Moreover, Slot is not expected to be surprised.
The suspected squad Feyenoord
Bigelow. Pedersen, Trauner, Senese, Malacia; Aursnes, Til, Kökcü; Tornstra, Linsen, Nelson
Feyenoord and Vitesse have been closely linked this week. Not because of tonight’s game, but because of a possible Riccielli Bazor transfer. The defensive midfielder had to come from Vitesse this winter, but an agreement is now a long way off. Slot regularly used the phrase “hasn’t rolled yet” at yesterday’s press conference, which could mean another attempt will be made this winter. If not, it looks like Rotterdam should try again this summer: Bazoer will then be free of transfers.
Back to tonight’s game. The Arnhem team is the “best of the rest” in the Eredivisie and can be found in the fourth position. Vitesse has six points less than Feyenoord and was also working on an excellent series before the winter break. He won three of his last five matches: SC Cambuur (1-6), Heracles Almelo-Home (2-1) and PEC Zwolle-home (1-0). The other two matches were tied against Arizona (0-0) and Sparta (2-2). Vitesse also won at home against Feyenoord (2-1).
Coach Thomas Leach is looking forward to tonight’s game. “We have done everything we can to prepare as best we can and we are ready to resume. The group is still in good physical shape. We have trained hard because we have to be fresh for the busy streak to come.” Coach Feyenoord is one of the best teams in the Netherlands.” It’s always good to play against them. It is a strong and high quality team. But we always do well against Feyenoord.”
The latter is unfortunately true. Vitesse has remained unbeaten in the last five matches against Rotterdam: three draws and two wins. This is the longest running active streak without a win for Feyenoord against a specific club in the Eredivisie. That must change tonight. Feyenoord Bazur goal is at the base in Vitesse tonight. Furthermore, Leach doesn’t seem to be much of a surprise.
Possible position Vitesse
Hoo. Dukhi, Bazor, Rasmussen; Dasa, Peru; Tronstad, Vitec; a house. Frederiksen, Openday
2020-2021 Feyenoord – Feytesse 0-0 (0-0)
2018-2019 Feyenoord – Vitesse 2-1 (0-1)
2017-2018 Feyenoord – Vitesse 1-0 (1-0)
2016-2017 Feyenoord – Vitesse 3-1 (2-1)
2015-2016 Feyenoord – Vitesse 2-0 (0-0)
What are we going to do today?