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Arne Slot is proud of Feyenoord: ‘What willpower there is in this team’ | Dutch football

VideoTrainer Arne Slot was especially proud of Feyenoord after the draw in the away match against Slavia Prague (2-2), which earned his team a place in the eighth finals of the Conference League. ,,We have had to deal with so many disappointments and we will come back. What a willpower there is in this team.”


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Ofir Marciano had to defend Feyenoord’s goal, because Justin Bijlow tested positive for corona on Tuesday. The goalkeeper of the national football team of Israel made a mistake in both goals by Slavia. ,,I went to see him after the game,’ said Slot. ,,I pointed out to him the situation in which Cyriel Dessers ended up when he didn’t make the 3-2 in the final phase of our home game against RKC. Dessers received a lot of criticism then, but he was now the celebrated man again after his two goals. Strikers and goalkeepers can quickly be the schlemiel or the hero. It is up to Ofir to come out as Dessers now.”

Feyenoord played with ten men from the 37th minute, after a red card for Guus Til who hit Nicolae Stanciu hard on the calf. ,,I’ll leave it up to you whether it was red or not’, Slot said. ,,But there is no video referee and the real referee first drew a yellow card. Then it is quite bizarre that he still draws a red card on the advice of a linesman who is at least 50 meters away.”

Feyenoord celebrates the winter. © REUTERS

,,But we kept fighting and in injury time we come to 2-2,’ continued Slot. ,,As a result, we are already certain of the eighth finals of the Conference League. I am so proud of that. We are in a difficult group with a team like Union from the Bundesliga and Slavia, the champion of the Czech Republic. But we have already made it. We have come a long way and had to play preliminaries. But we are getting better and better football and work so hard for each other. That combination makes us hard to beat.”


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It is no coincidence that we have struck so often in the final phase

Cyriel Dessers

Feyenoord only finished fifth in the Eredivisie last season, 29 points behind champions Ajax. The club also started the current football year anything but convincing. Feyenoord was almost eliminated by the modest FC Drita in the second heat of the Conference League. But Guus Til eventually made the winning goal (3-2), even then in the final minute.

Crazy Desserts

Delirious with joy, Cyriel Dessers celebrated his second goal from Feyenoord in injury time. He sprinted to the about 3000 supporters of his Rotterdam club behind the goal and let himself go completely. ,,Scoring so late in a game, you never get used to that”, he said moments later. “That remains special.” Slot added: ,,Wonderful and so deserved,’ he said, beaming.

You would say that Dessers is used to something, after his important goals this season as a substitute in the final phase of duels with Sparta, Union Berlin and AZ. ,,But when you see the ball go over the keeper like that, you don’t think about it,’ he laughed. ,,Then you have already forgotten all those matches. That joy among all our fans is also wonderful.” The first European winter in seven years is a fact.

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Dessers was allowed to fill in against Slavia earlier than usual, because Bryan Linssen was unable to continue after more than fifteen minutes. He signed for a nice equalizer in the 31st minute and helped Feyenoord in injury time to a place in the eighth finals of the Conference League, which will only be completed in March.

The mercenary of KRC Genk, born in Leuven, also refused to say after his leading role in Prague that it is time for him to get a basic place. ,,That wouldn’t be fair to our other strikers and my coach,” he said. “I might get them in trouble. I think I can also perform from the first minute. But I will also try to be there if the coach needs me in the 65th or 85th minute. In the past I might have yelled that I should start. But if that doesn’t always happen, then that’s another disappointment.”

The nice thing about Dessers was that he went to visit his goalkeeper Ofir Marciano immediately after the game. The replacement for Justin Bijlow, who had stayed behind in Rotterdam after a positive corona test, made a mistake with both goals by Slavia. “But he also saved us well once”, Dessers referred to a nice reflex from the Israeli on a header by Jan Kuchta.

Cyriel Dessers is again the celebrated man at Feyenoord.
Cyriel Dessers is again the celebrated man at Feyenoord. © ANP

“We all do it together”, said Dessers. “That makes us so strong. After that red card from Guus Til, our defenders and midfielders only started to run more and work harder. After that 2-2 of mine I see a lot of substitutes standing next to me, who have all sprinted about 90 meters across the field to celebrate the goal with me. That team spirit is very special and makes us difficult to beat. It is no coincidence that we have struck so often in the final phase.”

Arne Slot is proud of Feyenoord: ‘What willpower there is in this team’ | Dutch football
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