VVV boss Maurice Steijn spoke to the NOS after his team’s 1-0 away in Breda against NAC.
VVV Venlo are currently 10th in the Eredivisie after 20 matches with 26 points.
Steijn said, ”I sometimes have to pinch myself when I look at the Eredivisie table. I do not look specifically at what place we are in but how many points we have accumulated. Nobody expected us to get 26 points at the this stage of the season including me.
”It was not our attention today to start in such a defensive way. I will also admit that NAC Breda were the better team in the first half especially with their positional play.
”The way the match was going meant that I had to make a substitution before and at half-time too and also change our formation too in order to get a good result.
”What has managed to help us make such a good impression in the Eredivisie this season is that we managed to keep our title winning side from last season intact. We brought in a few new players that have performed well. We know as a team how we want to play and if one player replaces another in the team then he knows what is expected of him.
”We leave nothing to chance and we work as a collective unit. The challenge for us is to keep in going until the end of the season. My players know their qualities and also their limitations too.
”We also have the lowest budget in the Eredivisie and the smallest squad too. But those types of statistics do not mean that you finish in last place as we proved that last season in the Jupiler League too when we became champions.
”Our current situation is a combination of policy and vision, style of play and keeping the right players together. This recipe helps us to go a long way.”