“ If there was one day that Feyenoord could have won in the Arena, it was today.” At the table at Studio Voetbal, the first classic of the season, which was won with 1-0 by Ajax, was discussed extensively.
“ I was particularly disturbed by the way Feyenoord started the competition”, Pierre van Hooijdonk was clear. “They played in the Arena with a diaper on. They themselves did not take anything at all.”
Van Hooijdonk saw that, like the other guests at the table, change in after twenty minutes. Feyenoord put more pressure and that, according to the analyst, completely overturned a previous statement of trainer Dick Advocate. “He says he doesnt have a team that can put pressure, but Ajax is the strongest team in the competition, and they put the fire to their shins. So of course they can put pressure!”
“ If you can play against Ajax like this, if you can secure Ajax like this, then you can also against the rest of the league clubs”, Van Hooijdonk continued. “Go play football as Feyenoord. You are a big club in the Netherlands, try to take the initiative.”
Giovanni van Bronckhorst, who had the Rotterdam top club under his care from 2015 to 2019, saw a waiting Feyenoord in the early stages. “The last part of the first half and the second half put more pressure on Feyenoord as a team. Feyenoord is very stable this season and that was the case today. They have really failed themselves with this loss.”
Future Of Bronckhorst
Since the end of last year Van Bronckhorst has plenty of time to watch the competitions of the Rotterdam. He wanted to spend more time with his family in the Netherlands and resigned from the Chinese club Guangzhou R&F. But the 106-fold international would like to embark on a new adventure this summer.
“ In the end, I have the ambition to return as head coach and this summer would be a good moment. My preference is abroad, but a little closer to home than China.”
Van Bronckhorst expressed his dream of joining one of the clubs abroad where he was also active as a player. “Barcelona, Arsenal, but also Rangers is a nice club.”
Nor does he rule out the alliance, even though he does not think that it will soon be in his path. “That is a great thing for every trainer. Then you can work with the best players and talents in the country. If that opportunity comes, it would be great.”
Former striker Van Hooijdonk took a closer look at the spires of Ajax and Feyenoord on Sunday in the field, Sébastien Haller and Nicolas Jørgensen. “They look quite alike, are both strong in the air. Haller was involved in the only goal of the match and Jørgensen was a very good match. He shows signs of the championship year.”
Nevertheless, Van Hooijdonk also saw that Jørgensen does not yet have enough confidence. “He is defending, but a striker doesnt have to do that in principle.”
“ It looks like hes getting back in shape,” added Van Bronckhorst. “But hes a very sensitive boy. He needs trust. The arrival of Pratto might have been a signal to him that he had to go back to jail. Potential, I think Jørgensen is a great striker.”
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who gave Ajax three important points last Thursday in the duel with Twente, did not take action against Feyenoord because of an injury and probably has his last minutes in the Ajax shirt. A return to Schalke 04, where he played before, beckons.
But Ibrahim Afellay doubts whether Huntelaar should make the switch to Schalke 04. “You end up in a team that generally plays on the middle line, so you will have to defend a lot. There is not his strength, so in that sense I would not do it if I were him.”
However, he would understand if the 37-year-old striker ended his career at the Bundesliga club. “That club has a special place in its heart. And if he keeps them in the Bundesliga, he gets a statue there.”
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