We Couldn’t Breathe inside the Velodrome – Dessers

Cyriel Dessers has admitted that Feyenoord gamers struggled to deal with the ambiance at Stade Velodrome, throughout their Europa Convention League second leg semi-final conflict with the French facet.


Feyenoord held Marseille to a goalless attract France in Thursday’s second leg to advance to the ultimate of the competitors 3-2 on mixture.

The Dutch facet had been the underdogs for the semi-final towards Marseille after a comparatively easy passage via the earlier rounds, however virtually bought into bother on the Stade Velodrome.

“The initial phase was the most difficult, Dessers said. This was mainly due to the smoke that lingered in the stadium after the fireworks were set off.”

“It was almost impossible to breathe. My eyes were stinging and my lungs were full of smoke, it was really terrible.”

“After we had survived that phase, there was a little more peace. We never really got into our game, that’s Marseille’s credit.”

Dessers is pleased with the general efficiency as Feyenoord defended with numbers to see out a tough fought win for the travelling followers.

“But we fought and gave away few chances. In Rotterdam it will surely be one popular festival. The supporters deserve that too, they have supported us all season,” He concluded.

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