Fresh in the memory is the punishment of three years ago against AS Trencin, which won 4-0 in Slovakia. Feyenoord couldn’t get over that blow in De Kuip (1-1).
Toornstra was there himself in 2018, on that pitch-black evening in Slovakia. “You always say in advance that you do not underestimate an opponent, but maybe that happened unconsciously then,” he says at the press conference in the run-up to the first meeting with the Kosovars.
“Otherwise you don’t lose 4-0. I no longer have that underestimation. I have also learned from the past. We must not let this happen again.”
The midfielder does admit that he does not know exactly how strong FC Drita is. “It is difficult to estimate their level. I saw them play, but that was against an opponent I don’t know either,” he refers to the previous opponent FK Decic from Montenegro.
„FC Drita is in any case a footballing team, which is good in the combination. They can also be dangerous from the switch. We are prepared for that.”