Feyenoord boss Fred Rutten has warned Sevilla they will not have it easy in their Europa League clash with his team on Thursday.
Los Rojiblancos cruised to a comfortable 2-0 victory against the Dutch outfit at the Sanchez Pizjuan when they launched their defence of the trophy in September, but Rutten says things will be very different this time around.
“In that first match we weren’t really prepared for such a big game and Sevilla overpowered us in the second half,” he told a Press conference.
“It was a new level for most of my players and they had to get used to each other. Since then, however, we have improved and developed as a team.
“My players are now able to find each other more easily and our game has improved a lot. We’ve achieved some good results and now there is a lot of stability.
“Our defence is very solid and we don’t concede many goals, so that gives us a lot of belief ahead of the Sevilla game,” he declared.
Feyenoord are up to second in Group G and a win over the Andalusians would seal a place into the Last 32 of the competition, provided Standard Liege fail to win at HNK Rijeka.
Sevilla, on the other hand, need victory to wrap up first place while a draw would also take them through if Rijeka fail to beat Standard.