Slot: 'Haven't often sat so calmly on the bench as Feyenoord coach'

Arne Slot is very pleased with Feyenoord's dominant play in the home match against Go Ahead Eagles. In particular, the 2-0 by Calvin Stengs made him happy. The attacking midfielder reaped the benefits of making more runs.

Slot: 'Haven't often sat so calmly on the bench as Feyenoord coach'
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Stengs scored the 2-0 in the 56th minute by appearing at the right moment in the right place in the penalty area. After a good sprint, he just walked the ball in from a perfect cross from Quilindschy Hartman. 'That is a result of making those running actions, of being eager in the box,' Slot said on ESPN about the higher yield of the acquisition, who was again directly involved in two goals against Go Ahead (3-1). 

Stengs's running action reminded Slot of a former pupil of his, who flourished as an attacking midfielder under his leadership at both AZ and Feyenoord. 'The goal he scores is not a Stengs-like goal, it's a Guus Til-like goal.'

Feyenoord had not managed to open the score early against Go Ahead. Yet, Slot had not become impatient at any moment. 'Looking at the execution, I don't think I have often sat so quietly on the bench as Feyenoord coach. We had total control for ninety minutes and were continuously dominant. The opponent hardly managed to get to our half. It was not a festival of opportunities in the first half, but I did see many beautiful combinations. In the second half, things went faster for us because the opponent had become tired from chasing the ball,' said the tactician.

Slot said that, with an eye on the away match against Atlético Madrid in the Champions League, he would have preferred to give Ayase Ueda some more minutes. However, he didn't think it was a good signal towards Santiago Giménez to bring the Japanese player in earlier. Now Slot only substituted in the 78th minute, immediately after Giménez had made the 3-0. 'He played well and hadn't scored his goal yet. A striker also needs me not to substitute him immediately if he doesn't score once. He has such a great track record. Then I shouldn't take him out immediately, that's not nice for a striker. When Santi scored, I could think about Atlético,' he explained his substitution. Slot did not want to say anything about whether or not to let Ueda start against Atlético. Giménez is suspended for the Champions League match in Madrid.