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Diamond in the Rough
jaxika
+ 4 COB
 
Aequitas
+1 SPR
+1.5 STA
+1.5 RES
 
Mresuperstar
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Monthly Review

It's not often that Alex Vogel, Grace and myself are all home at our shared apartment together at the same time with our busy schedules. The stars aligned on this random Thursday evening and I was somehow coaxed into making dinner.

Jokes on them, I'm not a cook. I was too focused on training in my youth to pick up any cooking skills. But I had to do something to impress (read: keep girlfriend Grace happy) so I tried my hand at making a homemade Shepherd's pie.

While I was fumbling my way around our small kitchen, Alex and Grace were watching television in our adjacent living room. Although, I think they were watching me more in hopes I would screw something up so they could point it out.

Supportive teammates I have... Well, as I was nearly done making dinner, the TV game show host delivered another question: "What up-and-coming British cyclist and footballer set the World Cup record for most assists in a single game?"

Grace was quick to react: "Hey! I actually know this one."

I laughed, which removed the puzzled look on my face trying to comprehend how that was actually a question. Of course, the contestant on the show had no clue who I was. We watched in amusement as the elderly lady answered incorrectly.

"Um, Marcus," Alex said. "Are you going to take the potatoes out of the oven?"

My rising stardom sidetracked me into burning a portion of our meal. Whoops.

Match Day #29 at PEC Zwolle (8-10-10)
April 2, 2023
From the heat of the kitchen to the more intense league title chase.

Spoiler
PEC Zwolle 1, Feyenoord 0

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Summary: Feyenoord couldn't handle the pressure of leading the league table by a single point over Ajax and have slipped up massive here. Ebenezer Appiah scores the lone goal to hand Feyenoord its second league loss of the season.

Elsewhere, Ajax wins 1-0 and moves a top of the table.

Rating: 6.8 - The whole team wasn't great today, not just me.

Player of Game: Younes Namli, PEC Zwolle (7.7)

Match Day #30 vs. NEC (6-15-8)
April 9, 2023
Destiny is no longer in Feyenoord's control with five games left.

Spoiler
Feyenoord 1, NEC 0

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Summary: The result wasn't comfortable by any means, but it's still an important win. Rodolfo Pizarro scored in the 19th minute to secure the three points. Dylan Klok was evaluated for a concussion but was cleared a few days later.

Ajax squeezed out a 2-1 road win to maintain the league's top spot.

Rating: 6.8 - Mostly a bystander.

Player of Game: Abdulkadir Omur, Feyenoord (8.3)

Match Day #31 vs. FC Groningen (11-4-15)
April 16, 2023
Groningen doesn't go down easy with only four losses on the season.

Spoiler
Feyenoord 1, FC Groningen 0

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Summary: Feyenoord home supporters begged for a goal for 85 minutes before Nick Foss answered the dire request. Otavio slipped Foss behind and the veteran striker went near-post for the game-winning goal.

Somewhat lost in the crucial win was Feyenoord's experienced goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet breaking his hand in the 36th minute and giving the reins to 22-year-old Joey Koorevaar. Zoet is expected to miss multiple weeks.

Over in Utrecht, Ajax continued its winning ways with another 2-1 victory.

Rating: 6.8 - For some reason this is the only rating I can get recently.

Player of Game: Daniel van Kaam, Groningen (7.2)

Match Day #32 at FC Twente (16-8-7)
April 23, 2023
Big break! Ajax tied VVV 1-1 yesterday to give us a second chance.

Spoiler
Feyenoord 1, FC Twente 1

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Summary: Everyone knew what was at-stake and Feyenoord couldn't get the job done on the road. Giving up the first goal was a gut punch that they were able to recover from before halftime. But, the second goal never came. Feyenoord outshot FC Twente 25-3 (12-1 on target). Nonetheless, a frustrating tie.

Rating: 6.7 - Even worse than the multiple 6.8 showings. I've been on a cold streak recently and picked up my second yellow card in league play. You need five to receive a one-match suspension.

Player of Game: Otavio, Feyenoord (8.0)

KNVB Beker Cup vs. Ajax
April 30, 2023
Final: No league points but some domestic hardware is up for grabs.

Spoiler
Feyenoord 2, Ajax 1

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Summary: For the fifth time in the last eight seasons, Feyenoord lifts the KNVB Beker Cup and secures at least an Europa League spot for next season. It's the 16th cup win in club history for Feyenoord.

Nick Foss and Yassin Ayoub scored early to put the pressure on Ajax. Feyenoord fouled like crazy to keep the pace nice and slow. Sean Klaiber pulled one goal back for Ajax in the 74th minute and the crossbar was left shaking in the 82nd minute.

But, Feyenoord rode out the rest of the time and celebrated accordingly.

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Rating: 7.0 - Best rating of the month, but that isn't saying much. I'll happily add another accolade to my growing resume. Well done lads!

Player of Game: Sven van Beek, Feyenoord (7.4)

League Standings (32/34 Games Played)

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The final two weeks of the season will determine everything. PSV has won six straight games to cling onto an outsider's chance of winning the title. The final two games for all three teams can be found below:

Ajax (70pts)Feyenoord (68pts)PSV (67pts)
Match #33vs. Vitesse@ FC Volendamvs. sc Heerenveen
Match #34@ Excelsiorvs. PSV@ Feyenoord

KNVB Beker Cup
Final

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Training Ground
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Stat Lock (Voided): Rating wise, a very poor month for Marcus Diamond that would normally result in multiple stat locks. However, because of the KNVB Beker Cup triumph, Diamond is in the clear.

Prediction: What will be Marcus Diamond's combined player rating for the final two games of the regular season? All correct answers or the closest to the correct answer will earn perks based on where Feyenoord finishes in the league table. 1st — Pick a new player trait; 2nd — Hidden attribute boost; 3rd — x2 on stat upgrades given this month.

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sammyt93
+3 Tackling
+3.5 Positioning

If you mean combined as in rating over the 2 games then I feel I have to go with 6.8 judging by his recent form. If you mean the 2 ratings added together then I'll go with 13.7.
 
Aequitas
+2 Off the ball
+2 Concentration
+1.5 First Touch
+1 Anticipation


I'm going to say you go 7.0 against Volendam and 7.5 in final match, so an average of 7.25 or if is the 2 rattings added 14.5
 
Fabianski
+2.5 Technique
+2 Anticipation
+2 Concentration

Marcus has shown many times he needs the big, the important games to shine, so I hope he'll get at least 8.0 in both games, making a total of 16.0.
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Mresuperstar
To clarify and avoid confusion: The average, not sum, for the two games will be used.

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Obviously rough to lose the lead (especially with PSV to close out the season, hopefully Vitesse get up for that final day too) but all still to play for and hopefully Marcus steps up for it. However awesome already to win the cup, great to have some further silverware, two already with the club Banana

+3 Balance
+3.5 First Touch

Will go for an average of 7.6.
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Monthly Review

Waiting at the start line, the moment hit me. I was about to embark on one of the biggest cycling months of my life. Seeing all the television cameras was a little overwhelming. So was being surrounded by experienced world-class cyclists.

For the first time since I was in the dressing room getting ready to play China in the 2022 World Cup opener, I had intense butterflies in my stomach. I want to throw up. But, instead, I clipped into my pedals and started turning my legs.

Race Day #16 at Ronde Van Vlaanderen
April 1, 2023
Bright and sunny for the second monument of the season.

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Spoiler
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Summary: For those that tuned in for all-out action, I'm sorry to disappoint. No major attacks all afternoon and 11 cyclists settled the race with a sprint. Truly disappointing showing for the spectators, but not for Peter Sagan. Hopefully, Paris - Roubaix next week can be more exciting.

Result: 23rd - Dropped early after I got slowed up on one of the cobbled climbs. Better positioning and I think I finish in that front group.

Instead, I end up nearly six minutes behind Sagan in a group with an unfriendly Magnus Cort Nielsen. We still aren't on speaking terms after what happened in Australia at the start of the season.

1Peter SaganT-Mobile6h33'27
2Mads PedersenQuick-Step Floorss.t.
3Arnaud DĂ©mareGroupama - FDJs.t.
4Mike TeunissenTeam Sunwebs.t.
5Wout Van AertTEAM Nationale-Nederlandens.t.

Race Day #17 at Paris - Roubaix
April 8, 2023
The famous race over miles of cobbles to reach the Roubaix Velodrome.

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Spoiler
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Summary: Now the race truly starts as we hit the first of many cobbled sectors on today's route. Morning breakaway up the road, along with early attacker Lars Boom.

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Marcus Diamond suffers a flat 10 seconds into the first cobbled section. That's brutal. He gets a new bike from the team car and will have to ride back up through the peloton.

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The energy used to work back up to the front will cost Diamond in the long run. He is the first major contender dropped with 68kms to go. There are 21 cyclists left in the peloton chasing down leader Lars Boom.

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Diamond coasts into the velodrome looking defeated. This wasn't the outcome he could have envisioned today, and a part of it wasn't his fault. A bad break on the first cobbled sector did him in today. He will finish way back in 36th, over 10 minutes behind our trio of front runners.

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Mads Pedersen outlasts forner Paris -Roubaix winners Mike Teunissen (2022) and Tiesj Benoot (2020) to win his first monument of his career.

Result: 36th - When one thing goes wrong, everything goes wrong.

1Mads PedersenQuick-Step Floors6h36'39
2Mike TeunissenTeam Sunwebs.t.
3Tiesj BenootAstana Pro Teams.t.
4Peter SaganT-Mobile+ 1'57
5Lorena WiebesTeam Katusha Alpecins.t.

Race Day #18 at Brabantse Pijl - Fleche Brabanconne
April 11, 2023
Nabbed a ninth-place finish here last season, so looking for a Top 5.

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Spoiler
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Summary: After having rather rough races at Ronde Van Vlaanderen and Paris - Roubaix earlier this month, Marcus Diamond has decided to be the aggressor here. He attacks on the penultimate circuit with 18kms to go.

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Diamond is followed by Wout Van Aert, Michael Valgren and Andreas Kron. They come flying up on dropped breakaway man Tadej Pogacar and Van Aert didn't see him coming around a corner and knocked him down to the wet asphalt.

Van Aert manages to keep his balance for a moment, but he doesn't recover fast enough to make the next corner. Van Aert, the race favourite goes head-first over the barrier and into the crowd. What a scene.

More cyclists are caught up in this growing crash as nobody can see the carnage that awaits once they turn the corner. We have reports that favourites Alberto Bettiol, Zdenek Stybar, Tony Gallopin and Lukas Postlberger have gone down as well.

But, no time to show that, our cameras have followed Diamond's group.

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Attack from Valgren as the three attackers have reached the remaining three morning breakaway riders.

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No good from Valgren and now he wants some help pacing this front group of six with 10kms to go. They have a 1'31" lead on solo attacker Jimmy Duquennoy and sizable 2'08" lead back to Van Aert (somehow back on his bike), Gallopin and Postlberger.

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Past 5kms to go, one of these four are going to win today. Kron leads the way followed by Valgren, Diamond and breakaway man Yannick Peeters. On paper, Diamond is the best sprinter here but it will probably come down to who has saved the most energy for the final kilometers.

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Valgren doesn't want to take his chance against Diamond in a sprint and attacks on the final cobbled sector of the day. No answer from Kron or Diamond. Peeters has been dropped for good.

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Valgren takes it. That final burst was enough.

Result: 3rd - That was fun. I tried saving energy for one last push at the end to go for the win, but I never recovered from making the decisive attack that got me in that position in the first place.

1Michael ValgrenQuick-Step Floors5h17'38
2Andreas KronTrek - Segafredo+ 29
3Marcus DiamondSEG Racing Academy+ 40
4Wout Van AertTEAM Nationale-Nederlanden+ 1'19
5Yannick PeetersCibel - Cebon+ 2'15

Race Day #19 at Amstel Gold Race
April 15, 2023
Grace and I are racing together for the first time this season.

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Spoiler
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Summary: We start the action today with a very strong seven-cyclist breakaway up the road. The biggest name has to be rising British star Marcus Diamond who is better know for his conquests on the cobbles but he certainly has the abilities to handle the rolling roads today.

It's a great move for SEG Racing Academy because they still have the Yates brothers back in the peloton if this move doesn't pay off. Or, maybe Diamond could lend them a helping hand later in the race.

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With 200kms to go, the breakaway has built an eight-minute lead.

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Fast forward 100kms and the gap is down to 3'35" and shrinking.

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Massive crash in the peloton with 72kms to go. It happen right at the front. Adam Yates started a chain reaction crash leaving just 13 cyclists in the lead chase group. Simon Yates managed to dodge the wreck and even has a helper, Grace Garner, with him still. The only pre-race favourite in this front group is Marianne Vos.

But, they decide to sit up and regroup.

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It was the right decision, as the peloton works together to pull back the breakaway with 26kms remaining.

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And it's even Marianne Vos who benefits the most by winning the race.

Result: 30th - Got some good exposure in the breakaway and took the pressure off SEG to chase today, that allowed Simon Yates to finish third.

1Marianne VosUAE Team Emirates6h59'05
2Jordy WarlopQuick-Step Floorss.t.
3Simon YatesSEG Racing Academys.t.
4David GauduGroupama - FDJs.t.
5Wilmar ParedesTeam Dimension Datas.t.

Race Day #20 at Liege - Bastogne - Liege
April 22, 2023
SEG brings the same roster over from the Amstel Gold Race.

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Spoiler
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Summary: Only three cyclists take up the breakaway: Sergio Samuel (SEG), Piotr Brozyna (Polska Travel) and Benat Intxausti (Qantas).

They were caught with 25kms to go.

Some of the big names tried to get away with attacks, but nobody could make anything stick so 20 cyclists had to settle LBL in a sprint.

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It's Marianne Vos claiming her second monument in back-to-back weeks.

Result: 26th - Protected the Yates brothers and got to ride around in the peloton with Grace. Didn't have the stamina to stay in the front group but was 3'41" behind them in the chase group. Simon Yates finished 10th and Adam Yates placed 13th. It's clear I still have a ways to go if I want to challenge the best of the best.

1Marianne VosUAE Team Emirates6h56'49
2Gregor MĂĽhlbergerLotto Soudals.t.
3Dylan TeunsTEAM Nationale-Nederlandens.t.
4Julian AlaphilippeQuick-Step Floorss.t.
5Michał KwiatkowskiThe Guardians.t.

Calendar

Spoiler
DateRaceWinner
1-AprLa Roue TourangelleMatteo Trentin
1-AprRonde Van VlaanderenPeter Sagan
1-AprVuelta a la RiojaBayung van Steeden
2-AprItzulia Basque CountryGiulio Ciccone
3-AprCCS - Pays de la LoirePrimoĹľ RogliÄŤ
4-AprScheldeprijsFabio Jakobsen
5-AprCdA InternationalNico Fletcher
8-AprParis - RoubaixMads Pedersen
8-AprKlasika Primavera de AmorebietaOmar Fraile
10-AprParis - CamembertWarren Barguil
11-AprBrabantse Pijl - Flèche BrabançonneMichael Valgren
11-AprTour du Loir et Cher E ProvostBryan Coquard
12-AprJoe Martin Stage RaceFabio Felline
13-AprGB Beiras e Serra da EstrelaEsteban Chaves
14-AprTour du FinistèreJérémy Maison
15-AprAmstel Gold RaceMarianne Vos
15-AprTro-Bro LĂ©onSimon Sellier
16-AprTour of the AlpsMark Padun
17-AprTour of CroatiaSebastian Henao
18-AprTour of the GilaMatvei Mamykin
18-AprLa Flèche WallonneSimon Yates
20-AprVuelta a Castilla y LeĂłnEsteban Chaves
21-AprGP Czech RepublicMartijn Tusveld
21-AprTour du Jura CyclisteWarren Barguil
22-AprGiro dell'AppenninoHugh Carthy
22-AprRutland - Melton Cicle ClassicSean De Bie
22-AprVisegrad V4 Race - GP PolandDusan Rajovic
22-AprLiège - Bastogne - LiègeMarianne Vos
24-AprTour de RomandieAdam Yates
24-AprLe Tour de Bretagne CyclisteBryan Coquard
25-AprGran Premio della LiberazioneDusan Rajovic
27-AprVuelta AsturiasCarlos Betancur
27-AprGP ViborgFrantisek Sisr
28-AprGP Himmerland RundtDusan Rajovic
1-MaySkive-Løbet
1-MayEschborn-Frankfurt
1-MayMemorial Andrzeja Trochanowskiego
2-MayMemorial Romana Siemienskiego
3-MayRhône-Alpes Isère Tour
3-MayTour de YorkshireMarcus Diamond In
4-MayGiro d'Italia
4-MayVuelta Ciclista Comunidad de Madrid
5-MaySundvolden GP
6-MayFlèche Ardennaise
6-MayRingerike GP
8-May4 Jours de Dunkerque
9-MayFlèche du Sud
9-MayBerner Rundfahrt
11-MayVuelta a Aragon
11-MayCCC Tour - Grody Piastowskie
12-MayVisegrad V4 Race - GP Hungary
13-MayProfronde van Noord-Holland
13-MayAmgen Tour of California
16-MayBaltyk - Karkonosze Tour
16-MayTour of Norway
18-MayTour de l'Ain
20-MayGP Marcel Kint
22-MayTour des Fjords
23-MayBaloise Belgium Tour
24-MayGemenc Grand Prix
26-MayGP de Plumelec-Morbihan
27-MayCircuit de Wallonie
27-MayBoucles de l'Aulne - ChâteaulinMarcus Diamond In
28-MayWinston-Salem Cycling Classic
31-MaySkoda-Tour de Luxembourg
31-MayBoucles de la Mayenne

Season Rankings

Pro Tour Points

TeamIndividual
1The Guardian5120Marianne VosUAE Team Emirates1390
2Groupama - FDJ4939Mads PedersenQuick-Step Floors1276
3Quick-Step Floors4713LĂ©o VincentGroupama - FDJ1265
4Lotto Soudal3708Romain BardetAG2R La Mondiale1249
5Amazon3140Egan Arley BernalThe Guardian1215
6AG2R La Mondiale3081Simon YatesSEG1200
7SEG3067Arnaud DĂ©mareGroupama - FDJ1169
8Astana3044Giulio CicconeGroupama - FDJ1005
9Movistar2797Adam YatesSEG1003
10Dimension Data2685Peter SaganT-Mobile979
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42 Marcus DiamondSEG423

Individual Wins

CyclistNationTeamWins
1Bryan CoquardFranceBretagne23
2Mark PadunUkraineBahrain - Merida8
3Romain BardetFranceAG2R La Mondiale6
4Stan DewulfBelgiumQuick-Step Floors6
5Barnabas PeakHungaryNovo Nordisk6
6Dusan RajovicSerbiaSaidal6
7Esteban ChavesColombiaDimension Data4
8Arnaud DĂ©mareFranceGroupama - FDJ4
9Sondre Holst EngerNorwayPolska Travel4
10Caleb EwanAustraliaLotto Soudal4
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32Marcus DiamondUnited KingdomSEG2

Evaluation

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Training Ride
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Stat Lock: Discouraged after lackluster results in big races, Marcus Diamond slacks off in training and will suffer a stat lock this month. Any stat that doesn't receive at least 6.0 points is at-risk of being locked.

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A shame to have such a frustrating month, particularly in the cobbled monuments obviously. Hopefully a return to GB to follow up the Tour of Britain win last year with a possible Yorkshire victory can help him bounce back looking to the second half of the season Smile

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Monthly Review

Feyenoord is trying to win its sixth Eredivisie title in the last seven years. Standing in front of them is rival Ajax looking to claim its league record 34th Eredivisie championship. PSV is also lurking in the background.

A quick review of the league standings heading into the final two games:

GPWLDPtsGFGAGD
1Ajax32214770622834
2Feyenoord321921168673037
3PSV32205767522725

It comes down to this. This is what football is all about. The big moments.

Match Day #33 at FC Volendam (7-17-8)
May 7, 2023
Feyenoord wants the title, Volendam wants to avoid relegation.

Spoiler
Feyenoord 2, FC Volendam 0

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Summary: Rodolfo Pizarro getting hurt in the first half was probably the best thing that could have happened for Feyenoord. Dylan Klok was called in off the bench and played lights out. For whatever reason, Klok was been used sparely for Feyenoord this season, despite having a knack for scoring goals.

His two goals (No. 15, 16 on the season in 14 games) at the end of each half lift Feyenoord to another win. But they will be disheartened to hear the other results from around the league: Ajax defeated Vitesse 2-1 and PSV defeated sc Heerenveen 2-0 with both teams playing with 10 men.

GPWLDPtsGFGAGD
1Ajax33224773642935
2Feyenoord332021171693039
3PSV33215770542727

Rating: 6.7 - Poor. And now with Pizarro out at least four weeks with a twisted ankle, the team needs me more than ever next week in the final game of the season. I got to break out of this recent slump, and we need Ajax to lose or draw its last game against Excelsior.

Player of Game: Dylan Klok, Feyenoord (8.8)

Match Day #34 vs. PSV (21-5-7)
May 14, 2023
Extremely tough test to close out the 2022-23 Eredivisie season.

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Feyenoord 3, PSV 0

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Summary: Feyenoord decided to keep all distractions outside of the stadium and didn't want to see or hear updates of the Ajax and Excelsior game during its clash with PSV. Not knowing was brutally hard in the second half once they had the game wrapped up due to Dylan Klok going off with a first-half hat trick.

The world-class showing comes with a prestigious award as 21-year-old Klok wins the Eredivisie Golden Boot with 19 goals in 15 appearances (11 starts). He averaged a goal every 84 minutes. Quite remarkable.

Rating: 7.4 - Better, but it was Klok getting all the press interviews after the game. And that's when I heard the news from a sideline reporter.

"Dylan, just an incredible day for you with a hat trick. But, not sure if you have seen, Ajax won 3-0 against Excelsior to claim the title. How are you processing the conflicting emotions?"

"... I didn't know that, I guess, well I don't know... Sorry, I don't really know what to say. We worked so hard for it come down to this last game. I was just doing my part. Looking back, we let some games slip away that we should have won and, in the end, that going to cost us the title this year. That hurts," Klok said.

Player of Game: Dylan Klok, Feyenoord (9.5)

League Standings (34/34 Games Played)

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Calendar

Club

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International

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Evaluation

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*Diamond is currently on vacation break, so no training ground*

Prediction (Resolved): Marcus Diamond finished with a 7.05 rating over the last two games, and Feyenoord finished second in the season standings. Aequitas was closest with his prediction of 7.25. Choose one hidden attribute to improve. The hidden stat values will remain hidden.

Contract Extended: Feyenoord has extended my contract through the 2027 season and given me a raise to 52,000 pounds a month. I have told them I'd like to stay with the team through next year to avenge this season and win the Eredivisie title, but long term I still see myself playing back home in the English Premier League one day.

Feyenoord understands my situation and wanted to finalize a longer contract so they could make a profit off my possible future transfer. I want that too and job security, so I re-signed without hesitation.

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jandal7
A shame to miss out on the title but they did what they could and it's an admirable season anyway with a great title challenge and the cup win - onwards and upwards as they say Pfft And awesome news on the contract, the Dutch setup is going super well so far and glad to see it continuing Grin
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sammyt93
It's a shame to miss out by such a small margin, hopefully they manage to keep Klok next year as he looks like a future star, I can see him getting a move to a top side and becoming a regular starter at international level in the future.
 
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