PSV head coach Phillip Cocu has warned his charges against complacency when they host Willem II in the Philips Stadion on Saturday evening. “We should not be carried away in the wake of some impressive results. There is no room for complacency”, he said, facing the media at his weekly press briefing on Friday afternoon.
‘Still hard work to be done'
Cocu insisted that there’s still hard work to be done. ”We need to give our all as a team every time we go out. We can beat any team on our day but if we do not fully focus we may crash to defeat as well.”
Cocu was happy with PSV’s emphatic win over FC Utrecht, but he expects a different game altogether when his team takes on expects Willem II. “Willem II will play a compact defence which may be hard to break down. We must show creativity to open up Willem II’s back line and create chances.” Cocu also gave an injury update. “Derrick Luckassen has picked up an injury during the 7-1 win over FC Utrecht and Saturday’s game comes too early for him. He will return to action after the international break, but Luuk de Jong has shaken off a rib injury and will return to the match squad.””
Fourteen wins in a row against Willem II
Eredivisie leaders hosted Willem II, currently lying seventeenth in the table, in the Philips Stadion in 41 matches, claiming 36 wins. Willem II ran out winners only twice, and they last captured all three points in Eindhoven over 34 years ago. PSV have recorded fourteen successive home wins in the Dutch league. Willem II returned to winning ways at Roda JC Kerkrade last weekend after the team coached by Erwin van de Looi suffered six straight defeats on the road without scoring a goal.
Marco van Ginkel
Marco van Ginkel is looking forward to locking horns with Willem II, as PSV’s captain netted four gaols in his last three encounters with Willem II. PSV keeper Jeroen Zoet will make his 200th Eredivisie appearance on Saturday evening. He started 67 matches in a RKC Waalwijk and 132 in a PSV jersey.
Facts & figures about Willem II
Willem II did not get off to a bright start this season. They have registered only one win, at Roda JC Kerkrade, on their last outing but lost their first five games.
Willem II’s Spanish striker Fran Sol will be the man to watch on Saturday evening. Since joining Willem II last season, he has scored thirteen goals. He netted ten goals last season and has taken his goal scoring tally for the current season to three.