PSV head coach Mark van Bommel held his pre-De Graafschap press conference at De Herdgang training facilities on Friday afternoon. Striker Maxi Romero has been called up to the match squad to face De Graafschap. “He has to take it one step at a time in his rehabilitation programme”.
Romero is working hard to return to fill fitness. The Argentinian striker played the full 90 minutes for PSV U21 twice in succession, but was not named in the squad to face Tottenham Hotspur last Tuesday. “We were close to getting a result but suffered a narrow defeat in the end”, said Van Bommel, looking briefly back at the UEFA Champions League encounter. “We fought like lions to try and prevent them for scoring a goal. It was great to watch, so we felt very disappointed to have conceded two goals.”
PSV make a trip to De Vijverberg in Doetinchem, a completely different sporting venue. “The De Graafschap supporters have a reputation to live up to and are known for the noise they generate at each home game. They cheer on their team the full 90 minutes, hoping their support of De Graafschap will change games for the better. But we have our own traveling fans and the interaction between them and the players has been tremendous all season”, said Van Bommel.
The away end at De Vijverberg will be filled to capacity by the PSV fans, as always. It is just as easy to predict PSV’s starting line-up this season. Van Bommel fielded the same eleven players in eight of PSV’s eleven league games. But is not that easy, explains Van Bommel. “We always take time to field our strongest team. We consider every detail very carefully and always look at the team and never at numbers. You need competition for places to keep the first-team regulars sharp. But we have won eleven games in succession, so we could wonder why we should change a winning team”, concluded Van Bommel.