The Eredivisie returns after a seventeen-day-break, with PSV facing AZ at the AFAS Stadion. Mark van Bommel held his weekly press conference on Friday, ahead of Sunday’s clash in Alkmaar, as the race for the Eredivisie title hots up.
'Ajax ned time to recover from cruel defeat'
PSV’s head coach thinks Ajax will need time to recover from the cruel defeat against Tottenham Hotspur and remembers very vividly how PSV were knocked out of the Champions League in 2005. “We played AC Milan in the semi-final and were on the verge of booking a place in the final, but failed to qualify in the end. I felt devastated as a player, just as much when I was a Bayern Munich player and lost the final to Inter Milan. Such a defeat undoubtedly affects players’ performances.” Van Bommel added that Ajax are still favourites to win the title, with two games left. However, he does not expect his players to take their foot off the gas. “We will focus on our games and fight till the end to win a trophy. AZ are a good side and their attacks are generated with creativity. We have to be aware of their attacking strength and make sure we’re well prepared.”
PSV will be without Hirving Lozano when they take on AZ, but Maxi Romero has returned to full fitness, which pleases Van Bommel. “I am happy Romero is match-fit again. I want to have as many players as possible on the training pitch. They have a chance to convince me they should start. It’s a shame Lozano is ruled out of Sunday’s game due to injury”, said Van Bommel before commenting on the decision of the KNVB to move an entire round of fixtures. “It hugely influences the outcome of the season, Each match has its own tale to tell. AZ need one point to finish the season in fourth place. If they had met Excelsior in round 33, it would have been an entirely different story”, concluded Van Bommel.