Ahead of the first of five crunch games, Phillip Cocu looked ahead to Saturday’s massive game at AZ. PSV’s head coach told the media at his weekly press briefing at De Herdgang training facilities that the game in Alkmaar requires total focus. “The players are fresh and sharp and should relish this. We are in the title race but I feel there is the right tension in our squad.”
AZ are in a good run of form
If statistics are anything to go by, PSV should like to play AZ, as they have won their last eight games against the team that is currently third in the table. “We usually perform well against AZ and have done well against them the past few seasons”, admitted Cocu. “But we all know that past performance is no guarantee of future results. We are confident to get another good result but we will have to do it again and again. AZ are in a good run of form and have proven themselves to be a consistent side.”
‘A really good game to relish’
If PSV succeed in getting all three points on their visit to AZ, they could be crowned champions on Sunday 15 April when they welcome Ajax in the Philips Stadion. Cocu, however, was quick to tell the media that his players are not yet focusing on the clash with the Amsterdam outfit. “We obviously want to win the title and we still do after the 5-1 win over NAC Breda in our last outing. This is a really good game to relish and we should not fear anything. We did well in training this week and will be in a confident mood when we make the trip to Alkmaar.”
Bergwijn misses AZ game through suspension
Steven Bergwijn misses Saturday’s game. The forward picked up his fifth yellow card of the season last week and has been handed a one-man ban. ”He was booked after he had fallen out with an opponent. We have a large squad and have a number of options to replace him”, said Cocu.