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Crosses and shows from fans. How Slutsky started in the championship of the Netherlands
We continue to follow the career of former coach of the Russian national team Leonid Slutsky in Europe.
August 12, 2018, 20:45
Bright performance of fans of "Vitesse"
This weekend started the championship of the Netherlands. Earlier, we watched first of all the leaders of Dutch football – "Ajax", PSV and "Feyenoord", now for many Russian fans the most interesting team was "Vitesse" from Arnhem. From this season of yellow and black, Leonid Slutsky leads, and Vyacheslav Karavaev, a student of CSKA, plays on the right flank of the defense of Vitesse.
In the 1st round, "Vitesse", which finished sixth in the last championship of the Netherlands, hosted "Groningen" – the twelfth team of the past season of Eredivisia. Stadium "Gelredom", which accommodates 28 278 spectators, was filled about half. Fans of the club from Arnhem, of course, impressed Slutsky with their performance, although in Russia he had not seen it.
"Vitesse" had some advantage over the opponent in terms of the game form. Still, yellow and black have played three matches in the European League. Recall that in the second qualifying round of the tournament Slutsky's team outplayed the Romanian "Viitorul" (2-2 at home and 3-1 at home), and on Thursday lost at "Gelredome" in the first meeting of the third qualifying round to the Swiss "Basel" . "Vitesse" looked at least as good as the recent member of the Champions League, nevertheless missed the only goal in the compensated time. Groningen had no official matches to date.
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Do not say that "Vitesse" replayed the entire match of "Groningen" in one wicket, but in efficiency, the yellow and black contender just surpassed. It is not the first time that attention is drawn to the fact that Slutsky's team uses crosses heavily and actively. Apparently, the English period influenced the Russian coach so much. At least Leonid Viktorovich himself said that he grew up as a coach, despite the not very good result of working with Hull City. According to statistics in the meeting with the "Groningen" most often in the hosts met with the ball, the defenders – ex-Dynamo Alex Buttner (81 touch) and Karavaev (75 touches). In this case, Büttner made 14 crosses (2 accurate), and the Russian – 5 (2). In addition, Vyacheslav has 15 long passes (7 accurate passes). As a result, after the left-backers gave the players four hits on the guests' goal and twice as an assistant was the right-back.
In the middle of the first half, Karavaev recorded the first scoring at his own expense: Vitesse threw out, played the combination on the third – connected from the depths of Karavaev, and in the penalty of the team's top scorer last season, Brian Linssen (17 goals in Eredivisia) played in advance. At the 38th minute, "Groningen" recouped, but before the break the hosts scored the second goal thanks to the situation on the right edge left-handed Buttner. Again a canopy – and skilful game on an advancing in execution of the most dear summer beginner "Витесса" Slovaka Матуша Беро (1,64 million euro).
In the middle of the second half, yellow-black scored three more times in nine minutes. This powerful section of Slutsky's team included a couple of fast, effective counter-attacks when Roy Behrens and Tim Matavzh avoided offside, while Chelsea's central defender Jake Clark-Salter, who was hired from Chelsea, also sent the ball into the net with a header after being sent from the flank. "Vitesse" won big – 5: 1!
"Every match is an adventure"
They say yellow-black for the first time scored five goals in the debut match of the new coach in the championship. And yet, despite the defeat of the first opponent in Eredivisia, the Russian coach slightly criticized his team at a press conference.
"Of course, we do not have enough stability," Slutsky admitted, whose words were published by the official website of "Vitesse". – Every game is like an adventure. But today the sun was shining for "Vitesse", and the grass was good. Nevertheless, I still remain cautious. We understand each other better, but not yet for one hundred percent. It's hard to predict what the team will show in the next match. I want players to keep concentration throughout the game, which was not in the last 10 minutes. "Groningen" had opportunities. I do not think that's good. Leadership after the first round is a pleasant event. If it was possible to finish the championship right now, I would celebrate. But while we have made only a step forward ".
On Thursday, "Vitesse" will hold a return match with "Basel" in Switzerland, and three days later will play in the 2nd round of the Netherlands championship on the road with "Hereneven".
"Vitesse" in the first match Slutsky played with 0: 2. How it was
Vyacheslav Karavaev gave an assist.