Michal Sadílek played a central role in PSV’s win over AZ on Saturday night. The Czech midfielder came off the bench to replace Gastón Pereiro on 29 minutes. The substitution paid off as the Czech midfielder put PSV 2-1 ahead straight after the restart. “It is hard to describe the feeling. It was a wonderful evening”, he said.
‘It was just great’
“Come on as a sub, score a goal and win the game. It was just great”, said Sadilek in his post-match interview, summarising the match. “We never got going, played at a low pace and our first-half performance was just poor. Our coach told me to warm up and after three minutes he told me to come on. He asked me to play my own game and keep it simple by winning the ball and passing it to the nearest team mate” said the midfielder, who scored a 47th minute goal that had the crowd going wild. “I knew I had to get in front of the defenders to score a fine backheel goal. But credits to Chucky for the great assist.”
Nicolas Isimat was also obviously happy with the win. The Frenchman made his first Eredivisie start this season. ”It was nice to get a game under my belt”, said Isimat after the game. ”I did not feel any stress when the coach told me I would start. I think we did not play well in the first period, but fortunately we improved after the break. AZ are a good team and I am glad we have bagged the three points.”
Van Bommel: ‘Toughest game of the season’
“AZ executed their game plan perfectly and we were lucky to draw level from our first meaningful chance. AZ made it difficult for us to get the game we wanted. It was our toughest game of the first half of the season”, said Van Bommel at the post-match conference. That’s why we decided to bring in Sadilek on the half-hour mark rather than at half-time. I thought we needed to make some changes to be in control and eventually it paid dividends. I am very happy with the win and we can look back at a successful start to the 2018/19 campaign.”