Giovanni van Bronckhorst has so far been happy with the way the season has progressed

Feyenoord manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has so far been happy with the way the season has progressed – even though it has meant that the club has not been at the top of the table for a considerable time – and he wants his players to maintain this strong form to the end of the campaign.

The club are on course to qualifying for the Europa league by finishing in the third place. The title may be beyond them with Ajax and PSV having a stranglehold throughout the campaign, but this may be seen as a decent return for Feyenoord.

Since the Europa league winners will be given a place in the Champions League, Feyenoord will be looking to win this competition next season. In recent weeks, Feyenoord have strengthened their bid for the Europa league after winning the last five matches in the league.Van Bronckhorst says that this is the kind of results he would like from his team in the remaining four league matches. This form has helped them put a substantial difference between the chasing pack that includes Utrecht and Heracles. This weekend, Feyenoord will be up against FC Twente, who have been in fine form themselves. Twente have lost just one in the last four games and it will pose a threat according toVan Bronckhorst.

"The closer we get to the end of the season, the more important the matches and the points become. Hopefully we can continue our good run.Given the circumstances, what FC Twente have done in recent months is very impressive,” said Van Bronckhorst. A major factor in this good form has been striker Dirk Kuyt, who has scored 18 league goals in 29 appearances. He is the highest scorer at the club and it may come as a surprise given that he is 35.