‘The attitude went a bit too far’

Phillip Cocu treated the Vitesse players to a thunderous speech before the match against FC Groningen. The trainer was not pleased with the attitude of his group and made that quite clear on the training field. After all, Vitesse is not yet entirely sure of enforcement.

Vitesse is having a difficult season, but 99% will certainly remain active in the Eredivisie. “But that is no reason to take it easy,” Cocu told The Gelderlander. “I have also made that clear. We can relax towards FC Groningen due to last week’s results. But the attitude of the group went too far. We have to keep accelerating. The season will last nine days, then we will be done. But we will take those nine days seriously.”

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Cocu and his team can assure themselves of another year at the highest level this Sunday (2.30 p.m.). Relegated FC Groningen will visit the GelreDome. “I just think this is a very important match. I want to say goodbye to our supporters in an appropriate way. They have been through enough this season,” Cocu was firm. The ex-trainer of PSV and Derby County, among others, was referring to the recent unrest at Vitesse. The club even threatened to lose its professional license for a while.

Vitesse needs another point on Sunday to officially play safe. Cocu’s men occupy thirteenth place two games before the end with six points more than number sixteen FC Emmen. That club must participate virtually in the playoffs. FC Volendam (33 points) and Excelsior (29 points) are also in the danger zone, but are currently better off than Emmen (28 points). Vitesse closes the competition next Sunday with a visit to champion Feyenoord.

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