Mark van Bommel held his weekly press conference at De Herdgang training facilities on Friday afternoon ahead of Easter Sunday’s match at home to ADO Den Haag. PSV’s head coach insisted that his side’s title hopes are not over yet. “We are certainly not dead and buried. In fact, we are equal on points with Ajax, with four games left. We are eager to end the season on a high.”
Because Ajax have progressed to the Champions League semi-final, the 33rd and penultimate round of Eredivisie fixture may be shifted to the evening of Wednesday 15th May, meaning PSV would have a seventeen-day break between the matches on the road to Willem II and AZ. “Nothing has been decided yet”, explained Van Bommel. “But we will most likely look for some alternative activities, like giving the players a few days off and play a friendly”, said Van Bommel, who sympathised with the KNVB’s decision to move Eredivisie fixtures to give Ajax more rest ahead of the Champions League semi-final.” When you play a league game on Sunday, you can’t possible play UEFA Champions League football on Tuesday. It does not really matter what team we will play at what time. One thing is for sure: we need to win all of our four remaining games.”
PSV recorded an emphatic 7-0 win against ADO Den Haag in this season’s reverse fixture. Van Bommel was asked if he feared ADO would go out on Sunday looking to take revenge. “I don’t think so”, Van Bommel replied. “That match in Den Haag was played in September and will not have any bearing on Sunday’s outcome.”
Van Bommel was finally asked to give his views on being a manager. “As a manager, you lead a happy life after a win. You will be heaped with praise for two days. But the opposite also holds good. When your team loses a game, you will be the butt of criticism for at least two days. That’s part of the job. The nice thing about my job is that I can prepare the players for any given scenario in the game and guide them to success. As a coach you will see what goes wrong during a game and try and come up with a solution. I make more changes in the starting IX than I did before the winter break because then those matches went our way”, concluded Van Bommel.