Roger Schmidt told the media on Friday, ahead of Saturday’s game against Vitesse, that it was PSV’s main objective to win the game. So PSV's head coach was a happy man when he reflected on the convincing 2-0 win over Vitesse and the players’ performances.
Not easy at all
“It was not an easy game at all”, said Schmidt. “But Vitesse created little and we were comfortable on the ball. We scored two magnificent goals. Vitesse took more risks after the break while we remained sharp and focused. We were well-organised in defence and got chances to extend our lead. Vitesse are a good team so we should be proud of our achievement.”
Full credit to the players
Schmidt lavished praise on the players. “They know they have to take their chance when they play and Bruma was outstanding in that respect. He always rises to the occasion, when we need him. And Mauro JR, who is a versatile player, put in a fine display at left back. I am also pleased with the performance of Vinícius. He is a real target man: he is strong in the air and he has the capacity to hold the ball. He showed great technical skills when he laid the ball back for Bruma to score. And we also have Sangaré in our squad. He is such an important player: he wins many tackles, shows great work ethic and also often has the ball in the net. I can single out many more players for praise. There is a lot of quality in our squad.”
The match was played behind closed doors but PSV put in a sparkling first-half display. “Last season, we got used to playing our games in an empty stadium”, says Schmidt. “But we obviously prefer to play the games in front of our faithful fans. We showed today we can put in a passionate and spirited display. Things will only improve when we welcome back our fans in the Philips Stadion.”