Robin van Persie praised Feyenoord’s fighting spirit as they produced an excellent display to dispatch fierce rivals Ajax 6-2 in Sunday’s Klassieker.
Van Persie bagged a brace in the tie before Tonny Vilhena and Yassin Ayoub wrapped up the 6-2 win in style despite falling 2-1 behind early in the game.
The former United forward, though, admitted his teammates were resolute as they went on to end a three-match winless run and score six goals against Ajax for the first time since November 1964.
“A bizarre contest,” Van Persie, who urged more consistency from his team-mates, as cited by FourFourTwo
“This match had everything. Goals, good football, passion, fight. I am proud of how we always came back.
“Everyone fought for it. Our spirit was the deciding factor.
Robin van Persie might want to rethink about retiring.
He scored twice as Feyenoord thumped Ajax to dent their title hopes.
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“When it was at 3-2, I looked around me and I thought ‘this is very beautiful’. That passion and the belief that we would win, I had to absorb that.
“I believe in these players. They can play so very well. It should only be more frequent and more constant, that is the aim.”
The defeat leaves Ajax five points behind Eredivisie leaders PSV, and coach Erik ten Hag claimed his side cannot currently contemplate the title race unless their defence improves.
“I am very grumpy,” he said. “I do not even want to think about the title race for the time being. We first have to turn this around.
“We are not disciplined and not consistent enough. We started well, put Feyenoord under very good pressure, came 0-1 and therefore almost 0-2.
“We have to realise what has made us great. We have shown good things to the ball, but football is more than just ball possession. We were teased today.”
😅 Feyenoord's first win in this fixture since October 2015
💪 Their biggest win over Ajax since 1964
😍 Highest scoring Der Klassieker since 1983
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