Starting the day calmly is a must. Why seek stress immediately? Waking up calmly with a nice healthy breakfast and an extensive shower can only help you relax in the run-up to your match. On the way to the club, sing along, chill out with the music and forget about everything that is coming. Once they arrive at the club, they don’t get much of a chance to stress out. First, there is a tactical discussion to which you have to give your full focus so that you know what is expected of you. As goalkeeper, you have to be extra attentive, because you also have to know what is expected from the players in front of you and that you can adjust if something goes wrong.
After the discussion, we can calmly change clothes and go onto the field. As a goalkeeper you often have a routine of warming up and it is no different for Tijn.
What are the most important characteristics you look for in a goalkeeper’s glove?
As a goalkeeper, your gloves are the most important working material. Even more important than making the right choice in footwear before the game. When you have confidence in your gloves, e.g. because of a good pick-up ball during the warm-up, you will take this with you to the match. Tijn himself is looking for a flexible glove with a good grip that lasts. The feeling has to be right! His favourite gloves at the moment are the Dolphin and the Ghost. This way he has the right goalkeeper gloves for every situation.