Trauner knows how to stop Payet: ‘He has to get the ball there’

Gernot Trauner is living with great confidence to return in the Conference League semi-final. The Feyenoord defender has learned lessons from the first meeting in Rotterdam South and thinks he knows how to curb Dimitri Payet.
Thursday kicks off at 9 pm at the Stade Vélodrome. Feyenoord defends a 3-2 lead from the first meeting with Olympique Marseille. Its going to be a tough game, Trauner predicts at the press conference. We are ready for tomorrow (Thursday, ed.). We have the quality to reach the final. We need a very good performance to keep going.
The Austrian learned lessons from the first meeting in De Kuip. Marseille clearly has a lot of quality. In the switch, they are deadly: they can hurt us every second. We have to be aware of that. They have players who can make a difference.
Payet StopingEyecatcher on the side of Olympique Marseille is without a doubt French international Payet. How does Trauner plan to stop him? We have to keep him away from the center. We shouldn
t give him space for our defensive line. He has to get the ball to the side of the field. Its going to be difficult in ninety minutes, but were going to try.
For Feyenoord, the clash with Marseille is already the eighteenth game in the Conference League of this year. We show every week that we are fit enough. Of course, we had a lot of matches. I think its mentally tougher. When you are mentally awake, you feel less that you are tired, says Trauner.