Gio revels in derby day thrashing of Sparta

Feyenoord head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst was full of praise for the way his side professionally saw off rivals Sparta Rotterdam on Sunday.

The 6-1 derby day win over Alex Pastoor's side at De Kuip consolidated their position on top of the league standings, albeit on goal difference as they edge Ajax who are also on  36 points from 15 games.

The five-goal margin set up a positive 29 goal difference, six goals ahead of Peter Bosz' side and van Bronckhorst spoke in glowing terms of De Stadionclub's attacking outlets – reserving praise for Jens Toornsta in particular.

"We showed that we wanted to win today in the last three games we have picked up seven points and the way that we played today will certainly give us confidence," he said after the game. "We did not let Sparta Rotterdam in the game at any time and that is the type of performance that we want to show every week.

"I can only compliment the drive that my team showed today. We were very energetic. It helped that we had a free week midweek in a physical sense. If you play 3 games a week you are living game to game and therefore you do not have a lot of time to prepare for games in terms of training or analysis.

"You also know as a squad that if you play in Europe that you are going to play a lot of games and in that case, it helps with the development of the team.

"Jens Toornstra's goal was fantastic and he combined so well with Rick Karsdorp to produce such a lethal volley," the former Netherlands defender added. "I can only compliment Jens Toornstra on how he has improved lately.

"He is a player who knows where he is needed within the team and he can help and support teammates too. In an attacking such he can also assist, shoot and score goals. He has become a more complete player."