Twente chief ready for finale

FC Twente could end up retaining the title – or missing out on the

Champions League. The defending champions beat Willem II 4-0 in

Enschede on Sunday to stay one point clear of second-placed Ajax,

who came from behind to triumph 2-1 at Heerenveen. However,

third-spotted PSV Eindhoven also won on Sunday – 2-1 against

Vitesse Arnhem – to remain three points adrift of Twente and with a

far superior goal difference. The final round of Eredivisie

fixtures on May 15 – Ajax and Twente go head to head in a

blockbuster encounter at the Amsterdam ArenA while PSV visit FC

Groningen – will therefore prove decisive. Preud’homme said: “I

have previously said that the title would be decided on the last

day of the season. That prediction appears to be true. “If we

assume PSV win their last game, we will be third or champions. That

is strange. It could mean that we would miss the Champions League.”

Twente and Ajax also meet this weekend in the KNVB Beker final.

Preud’homme added: “We have played every game this season to win

and we’re going to do the same in the next two games – with

confidence. “It’s no accident that we have arrived at this

position. It’s something we have earned and deserve. We are glad we

are here and it’s great to play these games.’ “We will do

everything to win. First we focus fully on the cup final. We are

going to spare no players. Everyone also wants to play that game.

Both prizes are important for FC Twente.” Veteran goalkeeper Sander

Boschker, who is expected to be between the posts in the cup final,

reckons his team have the mental strength to prevail over the next

fortnight. The 40-year-old told AD Sportwereld: “I am so tired of

that story that we are mentally inferior. I believe we have already

proved over the last four years that we are not. “We look at

ourselves, do not listen to others. It is wonderful to have these

two duels with Ajax. This is what every player wants. “I feel that

it will be fine. We have grown confident in ourselves. “Last year,

when we won the title in Breda, I was moved to tears – especially

because we won something that I always thought would be too high

for FC Twente. That meant a lot to me. It was different to the

previous successes.” Yesterday’s victory was never in doubt from

the moment Luuk de Jong put Twente in front late in the first half.

Douglas doubled the advantage before an own goal from Dragan Jelic

and a Theo Janssen penalty rounded off an easy win. “The opening

goal just before half-time was important,” Preud’homme said. “After

our second goal, we could simply play our game.”