Heerenveen manager Jurgen Streppel spoke to the NOS after his team’s 2-1 win away at Excelsior Rotterdam.

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Heerenveen are unbeaten in their first five Eredivisie games for the first time since the 1997/1998 season and currently sit 3rd in the Eredivisie.

Streppel said, ”After the fantastic victory against PSV Eindhoven last week we were faced with different circumstances against Excelsior Rotterdam in terms of the pitch and in a smaller stadium against an opponent that plays differently and we dealt with it well.

”We spoke in the changing room at half time about the need to anticipate better not just in attack but also in defense and we managed to have a good phase in the second half which enabled us to go on to win the game.

”We are doing well and to build a team you need time and I can only compliment my squad that with a completely new defence we can achieve these kinds of results.

”We believe we can achieve something here at Heerenveen. We know that we can play good football and we must show that every week.”

Streppel also singled out winger Arber Zeneli for praise, ”Aber Zeneli is a great player who has qualities where even the neutral supporter even enjoys his skills. He is very eager to be decisive in games.”

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