Cyriel Dessers sees the difference in ruthlessness as one of the reasons for Feyenoord’s loss in the Conference League final against AS Roma (1-0). The Conference League top scorer was unable to claim a leading role, partly due to the rigid defense of the Romans.
“They are ruthless. Even if the ball is not close, they come with elbows, scratch and pull. Everything is allowed,” said a disappointed Dessers, who fought fierce duels with the AS Roma defenders in the Air Albania stadium. fought out.
“I was always against three defenders and if I won one game, then the next was already there,” Dessers continued. ESPN† “They were also all a lot bigger. Chris Smalling has become man of the match for a reason. He especially made it very difficult for me today.”
Dessers and Feyenoord had opportunities to equalize, especially after the break, but did not score in Tirana. AS Roma, on the other hand, was extremely efficient by immediately using the first chance via Nicolò Zaniolo.
“They get through it once and then it hits the spot right away. The way it happens may hurt extra,” Dessers continued. “Perhaps that is the difference between the current Feyenoord and the AS Roma of Jose Mourinho at the moment.”
Dessers in conversation with Feyenoord in the coming days
Although Dessers could not claim a leading role against AS Roma, he is the top scorer in the Conference League with ten goals. The Belgian Nigerian trumped AS Roma striker Tammy Abraham in that ranking, but doesn’t care much about that at the moment.
“The pride will come, because we also played a great poster with the team: a European final against AS Roma,” said Dessers. “That realization will come during or after the holidays, but at the moment the disappointment dominates.”
Partly due to the share of Dessers in the Conference League success of Feyenoord, the rumors about a longer stay in Rotterdam are increasing. He is rented from KRC Genk this season, but can be permanently incorporated if Feyenoord pays 4 million euros and reaches an agreement with Dessers.
Technical director Frank Arnesen admitted after the final that Feyenoord wants to pay the 4 million euros, but could not yet say whether an agreement is imminent. “That’s exactly what he said,” Dessers said. “We will talk further in the coming days, but it will be by phone. I will travel straight to the United States to play with Nigeria.”