PSV head coach Phillip Cocu told the media at his weekly press briefing at De Herdgang training ground on Friday afternoon that his side intends to put in an entertaining performance against AZ after the disappointing European exit. "This is the first opportunity we get to restore some pride after the embarrassing elimination from the UEFA Europa League. We must make amends in the season's opening game."
Pride before pressure
After the stuttering start to the season, Cocu realizes that the pressure will be on PSV when they take on AZ on Saturday evening. But PSV's head coach refuses to hit the panic button. “I have gained plenty of experience and I know that sometimes you feel pressure ahead of a game and sometimes you don't. I must see to it that the players are well prepared when they face AZ", said Cocu, who looked back at the past seven days. "It was a devastating blow for the coaching staff, squad and supporters alike. But we are far from downhearted. We want to show we are fully alive and want to restore pride. We will put in a solid team display and go through hell for each other."
Confidence in squad
Cocu said he has confidence in his squad and expects PSV to compete for the title, along with Feyenoord and Ajax. “I am looking forward to the return of the Eredivisie this weekend. Some players have left Eindhoven and we will have to grow as a team. We have several promising young talents but we need some reinforcements to strengthen our squad. We wamt to bolster our defense with the signing of a left back and see how we fill the gap left by the departure of Davy Pröpper. I feel confident the players will be able to cope well with the disappointment of having been knocked out of the European competition", concluded Cocu.