’Samba Sam starts swinging

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Feyenoorder Sam Larrson does his nickname ’Samba Sam’ honor after the victory on leader PSV

The last weeks of starting Larsson, however, was a bit too similar to the flashy dribbelaar that at sc Heerenveen the nickname ’Samba Sam earned. With as crowning Sunday a goal in the win top match against PSV (2-1).

“For me personally, this was my finest moment in the service of the Team,” says Larsson. The 25-year-old Swede acknowledges that there is a burden from his shoulders fell when he hit the ball past PSV goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet to bounce back. “Here I walked for a while it hiccups. The last weeks it was always ’just not’. Then I got again the pole or the goalie still there. When the ball now flew, I thought: finally. I had previously this season, already scored in the cup, but now also in a big race.”

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The cool Swede, which is typically less than emotions, slipped after his hit in ecstasy on his knees to the hoekvlag, pursued by ecstatic team mates. “It is nice to be feeling that love. The boys were all very happy for me. Everyone knows that I long to have waited. Nice to now to be rewarded for all that hard work.”

Also the Legion closed Larsson finally in the arms. Feyenoord paid last year for 4 million euros to the wing tips to take over from Heerenveen, where he in three years 23 goals and made many assists. Of his swinging game in Friesland was in Rotterdam, as yet, only sporadic, what to see. The lack of self-confidence expressed itself in risk-free actions. Instead of a flashy dribble past his opponent, chose Larsson often for the ball back. Against PSV showed Larsson, however, a very different face. He is stronger for every ball, led with a subtle passje on Steven Berghuis the 1-0 from Nicolai Jørgensen, and took his first competitietreffer of this season, the crown on his race.

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“To all the criticism, I was not so busy, it hits me. The only thing I can do is play well and score. And that I have done now.” If Feyenoord Thursday also the inhaalwedstrijd against VVV wins, has it in five days, the substantial deficit on PSV reduced to seven points. “Of course we do again in the title. Seven points is nothing in this league”, says Larsson decided. “What we’re against PSV have shown, we now need every week to do.”

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