Keizer confirms starting spot for Younes in Classic

Keizer confirms starting spot for Younes in Classic

Amin Younes will be at the kick-off of Sunday’s Classic on Sunday afternoon.  Marcel Keizer confirmed this during Friday’s press conference.  In an interview, Younes had said that he felt that he hadn’t had enough holiday time and that, as a result, he wasn’t at his best.  But Keizer revealed that the German player will be in the starting line-up against Feyenoord.  The coach also announced that, apart from Benjamin van Leer, the entire selection is fit.

The discussion around Younes took up a large part of the press conference.  All of the reporters were curious about the situation surrounding the German player.

After the Confederations Cup tournament – which he won with the German team – Younes only enjoyed a few days off.  Keizer: “At first, we wanted to give Amin a long break prior to the first Champions League game against OGC Nice, like we did for Andre Onana.”
Early return
Because of what happened with Abdelhak Nouri, the left winger returned from his holiday earlier than planned.  “Amin came back early because he was unable to enjoy his vacation because of what happened to Appie”, says Keizer.  “Since then, we’ve been trying to give him as many days off as possible.”
Crystal clear
Keizer said that he will only start fit players for the Classic.  “Will Younes play?” asked a reporter.  The coach’s answer was crystal clear.  “Younes will play”, he answered.

Own attributes are most important

Feyenoord have problems on defense.  Sven van Beek has a hip injury from the Champions League game against Shakhtar Donetsk.  In addition to Van Beek, defenders Jan-Arie van der Heijden, Eric Botteghin and Renato Tapia will also miss the Classic.  Keizer is not amending his own selection.  “In our current phase, during which we’re making steady improvement, you don’t want to react too much to what the opponents are doing.  Focusing on our own attributes is more important.”

To Rotterdam with confidence
Keizer is going for the full 3 points on Sunday.  “We want to win, but we need to always pay attention to how the game goes.  But slowly, I’m seeing us play better and score more easily.  That gives confidence.”