Mark van Bommel addressed the media on Friday afternoon, ahead of Sunday’s Eredivisie match at home to sc Heerenveen. PSV’s head coach first of all provided an injury update: “Steven Bergwijn, Donyell Malen and Jorrit Hendrix are fit and available again. We have a full-strength squad to select from, apart from Sam Lammers and Yanick van Osch who are sidelined with injuries.”
PSV were dealt some blows at the end of October and the beginning of November. They failed to win any of the last six games, due to (heavy) injuries and suspensions. PSV now trail league leaders Ajax by eleven points. “We must end our winless run. We were hit by injury and suspension blows. It’s as simple as that but we realise that excuses don’t count and that results rule.”
Bergwijn, Malen and Hendrix trained separate from the squad during the international break. “They were given a chance to get fit in their own way, while we had time to discuss our current predicament. Each player said his piece”, said Van Bommel.
Put things right
The focus is now on Sunday’s game and there is only one thing that really matters. Van Bommel: “We have to stick together to change things. It is a must-win game. It does not really matter how we play as long as we win, preferably by putting on a convincing display.” Van Bommel saw this week that his players are keen to put things right. “It doesn’t matter who we play, but we know that sc Heerenveen are a team with quality players who perform well and get results.”
The players will stand on the pitch in the first minute of Sunday’s match as a protest against racism in football and anti-racist messages will be displayed on the scoreboard. “I fully agree. Enough is enough. The players must leave the pitch if a player is the subject of racial abuse”, said Van Bommel.