Super Sunday brought clarity to the top of the premier league. Ajax became the big winner with AZ’s 3-0 win and PSV fell seven points behind the leader as the loser on Sunday. PSV’s 3-1 defeat at Feyenoord does not surprise Theo Janssen.
“PSV has been changeable all season”, Janssen says in Studio Voetbal. “They also alternate good moments with bad moments in competitions.”
“That sums up Theo perfectly”, adds former PSV player Ibrahim Afellay, who has just announced his retirement as a footballer. “They lack creativity. Especially in midfield. PSV is very poor in possession. Mario Götze and Cody Gakpo are also missed. Feyenoord has exposed PSV’s weaknesses.”
Pierre van Hooijdonk lacks security at PSV. “They rarely play with the same team,” said Van Hooijdonk. “What is the regular PSV? I don’t know.”
Voetbal International editor-in-chief Freek Jansen agrees: “There is no way to be tied to PSV. In terms of game and results, substandard. And physically it is not in order either.”
Feyenoord ended a series of three defeats with the victory. Coach Dick Advocaat made some changes to the line-up. Central defender Uros Spajic, striker Nicolai Jørgensen and left winger Luis Sinisterra made way for Eric Botteghin, Bryan Linssen, and Ridgeciano Haps. “Botteghin played very well”, says Van Hooijdonk. “He covered well and tackled with heart and soul.”
A golden move by Lawyer? Van Hooijdonk: “It is striking that in this week’s conversation between Berghuis, Advocaat and Arnesen, the players indicated that they want to play with Botteghin. I understand that. He speaks Dutch and can coach the backs and midfielders. With Senesi And Spajic in the center is not. So this has come from the players. “
It was restless at Feyenoord last week. Lawyer caused commotion with sharp statements and the players in turn indicated that they were not served by his open criticism. “It is still rumbling”, says Van Hooijdonk. “Dick is, with all due respect, ‘old school’. And so are his assistants.”
“These are players who listened to him when he was repairing”, Van Hooijdonk continues. “That went well. But they also want to see new training methods. It is 2021 and little or no use is made of video analyzes.”
Look below at the regular features in Studio Voetbal: Short Corner (by Marcel van Roosmalen), Eredivision Weekend in a nutshell, End signal (by Frank Heinen). And Edwin Shops talks from Spain about the noise around the salary of Lionel Messi and watch a clip on music from Super Sunday.