All PSV players were left feeling frustrated after they crashed out of the Europa League, following a heavy 4-0 defeat at Sporting CP in Lisbon on Thursday night.
Speaking after the game, Steven Bergwijn was visibly upset and angry after PSV had suffered another defeat in Europe. “We conceded two soft goals early on. It was a poor showing and we never found our rhythm. We attempted to fight back but failed to do so. We did not win the second ball, which sums up our season so far perfectly.” Bergwijn struck twice last Sunday when he made his return from injury against sc Heerenveen but he did not shine in Estádio José Alvalade in Lisbon. Donyell Malen and I are no robots. We must operate as a team.”
PSV captain Denzel Dumfries made an apology gesture to the 2300 travelling fans after the game. “It’s a sad day in the club’s history. This is awful. We really wanted to turn the tide but things went horribly wrong at set pieces. Yet we must stick together but this is a bitter pill to swallow. We face Emmen on Sunday in the Dutch league and will have to start from scratch.”
PSV head Mark van Bommel knew it was all over when his team had conceded two goals in the first fifteen minutes. “They capitalised on two sloppy throw-ins. Sporting are an experienced side and it is hard to score three goals against them”, said Van Bommel, who was still confident his side will eventually pull themselves together. “We play a must-win game on Sunday. We have a young squad and must learn to deal with adversity.”