PSV host Feyenoord on Sunday in round five of the 2016/17 Eredivisie campaign and Phillip Cocu’s men are keen to make amends for last week’s 2-0 defeat at sc Heerenveen. A win over Feyenoord would put them level on points with the Dutch champions. PSV head coach Phillip Cocu told the media at his weekly press briefing at De Herdgang training ground on Friday afternoon that he feels his team is ready to face Feyenoord. PSV may have lost last weekend’s game at sc Heerenveen but Cocu insisted that confidence is still intact.
'We are still making progress'
Cocu thinks his team is still making progress, in spite of the embarrassing defeat in Friesland. “We were the butt of criticism but I know that confidence is still high. We are growing as a team both on and off the pitch. I am pleased with what I saw in training all week. Of course this is no guarantee for success but hopefully we will entertain our fans to a thrilling game of football.”
Cocu expects an open game against Feyenoord on Sunday afternoon. “PSV v Feyenoord stands for a thrilling, emotionally charged game, in which the tactical game plan plays a major role. Both teams will go out, eager to take all three points. I don’t need to motivate my players ahead of this clash.”
Lozano misses game through suspension
Hirving Lozano will miss the game through suspension. The Mexican was shown a straight red card for a late challenge in PSV’s 2-0 defeat at sc Heerenveen and has been handed a three match ban, one of which is under probation. “You will see on Sunday who will replace him”, concluded Cocu.
A couple of warnings
PSV last suffered two straight league defeats in 2014, when sc Heerenveen and Feyenoord of all teams proved to be too strong. It was also the last time that PSV failed to score a goal in two consecutive matches, a couple of warnings PSV had best not nod of.
PSV are on a good run at home
PSV are on a good run at home: they are unbeaten at the Philips Stadion for sixteen games in a row. They last suffered defeat in Eindhoven on 18 September 2016, when Feyenoord recorded a 1-0 win. Yet the momentum is firmly in PSV ‘s favour as they claimed 32 wins against Feyenoord. The Rotterdam outfit ran out winners twenty times in Eindhoven. PSV thrashed Feyenoord in 2010, but since then Feyenoord have beaten PSV six times in the last five seasons. PSV need not despair, though, as, all in all, Feyenoord already slipped to defeat 23 times in the Philips Stadion.
Feyenoord have scored twelve goals in the league this season so far, more than any other team. Nine goals were scored in the first half and Giovanni van Bronkhorst’s team netted five goals from set-pieces.
Jørgensen ruled out for Sunday’s game
Feyenoord’s finishing may be clinical but they will have to do without the services of their top scorer Nicolai Jørgensen in the first big league game of the season. The Dane has sustained a hamstring injury and is ruled out of Sunday’s clash. Steven Berghuis is the man to watch: the right winger has struck already four times in as many matches. Jean-Paul Boëtius is another valuable player, with three goals and two assists to his name.