Feyenoord coach Arne Slot was very impressed with his team’s play despite the defeat against Lazio. The coach of the Rotterdam team noticed that the audience in Stadio Olimpico also turned against the home team on Tuesday evening.
Slot noted after the match in Rome that the battle plan was well executed. ‘We really have to do a lot to have a chance of a result. For us, that means: the pressure has to go perfectly, it worked, and the build-up has to be good. That is the only way for us to have control over the match,” Feyenoord’s coach said at the press conference.
‘We had no control for the first fifteen minutes, but then we adjusted it slightly and started playing with two controllers. From then on, it was the first time I heard the home crowd whistling so much at an away match where I sat on the bench. The opponent ultimately shoots one ball on goal, while they always want to have the ball, want to put a lot of pressure and want to have the initiative,” Slot explained.
‘It’s not that we had chance after chance, but if I analyze our match and use the data, we played the perfect away match. We were in control in an away game at Champions League level and had 65 percent of the ball, even before we were behind. We gave away one shot on target and had plenty of chances ourselves. But in Rome I always get the same lesson. It’s not about possession of the ball or building better: it’s about goals. We just can’t play like that, then we don’t have any chance here. This is our style and our only chance for success,” Slot said.
Feyenoord’s trainer had to intervene early due to a head injury for Bart Nieuwkoop, who was booked within a minute. ‘That may have been a blessing in disguise. His opponent Zaccagni is a great winger who can easily pass a man, which he was very rarely able to do. But if the first action of your right back is a yellow card and the speed difference turns out to be quite considerable, then the substitution was not bad. We knew that Trauner would not have played seventy minutes, that could have been the case, but then you have to hold your nerve for the coming weeks,” said Slot, who let Gernot Trauner come on for the injured Nieuwkoop after twenty minutes. Trauner was sidelined for a month with a knee injury.
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