PSV prepare for a double meeting with AS Monaco. The two top teams in the UEFA Europa League Group meet in the Philips Stadion on Matchday 3. PSV and AS Monaco vie for first place after having collected four points from their first two fixtures. PSV head coach Roger Schmidt confirms that he expects another stern test when his side face the visitors from Monaco. “They all but qualified for a place in the Champions League. They are an excellent side packed with quality players.”
‘Threaten on the counter attack’
“All clubs that participate in a European competition play high-level football”, Schmidt, speaking to the press on Wednesday afternoon. "And AS Monaco are no exception. Their players have quality, I don’t think that’s in doubt. They like to play long balls and threaten on the counter attack.”
Olivier Boscagli accompanied his coach at the pre-match conference. He is looking forward to taking on the team from the city-state where he was born. “I was born and raised in Monaco and I can’t wait to meet them.” He expects a thrilling encounter. “Monaco are a good team with promising youngsters that have gained experience while on loan with other French clubs. They focus on crossing and quick transitions and we will have to be careful and alert for the full 90 minutes.”
Sangaré misses game due to suspension
Ibrahim Sangaré was shown a second yellow card in the closing stages of the match at Sturm Graz and will consequently miss Thursday’s game against AS Monaco. Schmidt is not worried, though. “Ibi is a key player and we will miss him but there are enough players who can deputise.” One of them is Boscagli as the Frenchman has operated in midfield before. “I think I’m used to playing in that position. It has taken a while to make the switch from defence to midfield but right now I feel comfortable”, confirmed Boscagli. Schmidt has not yet made a final decision. “I will do so on the match day”, he said.