PSV head coach Roger Schmidt told the media that his team will be confident going into Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League second qualifying round fixture against Galatasaray in the Philips Stadion (kick-off at 21.00). He insisted that PSV will approach the game full of confidence. “We are well-prepared”.
“We did well in pre-season”
Schmidt looked ahead to the game after taking charge of the final training session ahead of the crucial first-leg. After three weeks of pre-season training, PSV will take on Galatasaray in a game that may have a great impact on the season. “I think we are ready for the challenge”, said Schmidt. “We’ve done well in pre-season and have done our very best to get in shape for the new season and create a good team spirit. We will see how things work out tomorrow and I hope we can get a good result.”
Respect for Galatasaray
Galatasaray deserve respect, thinks Schmidt. They finished second in the Turkish league last season but saw a number of key players leave the club. They were dealt a blow in their pre-season preparations after their final friendly encounter was cancelled. “I think we are well matched”, said Schmidt. “Galatasaray are a highly experienced team and their coach Fatih Terim has seen it all. Their pre-season was different from the past few years but I am sure they will also be well-prepared.”
Marco van Ginkel will be PSV’s captain this season and that’s why he accompanied Schmidt at the pre-match conference. “Galatasaray are a good team with good players. They just missed out on the championship last season”, said Van Ginkel, who added that PSV will also field a strong side. “We’ve been working hard in pre-season, increasing fitness levels, played a few friendlies and some 11-a-side games.. We are ready and raring to go.”
Key to success
“The key to success and qualification to the next round is in our own hands”, continued Schmidt. “We must firmly believe in our style of play. We have worked hard in pre-season to master it for the first competitive encounter of the new season.”