Roger Schmidt saw his team take a big step toward reaching the Champions League third qualifying round. The PSV head coach was happy with the impressive 5-1 victory against Galatasaray SK and with the team performance.
‘Fans gave us energy’
“It’s been a very evening for us. It was out first competitive game in front of our fans after eighteen months, so we were keen to put on a fine display. Celebrating with our fans gave us more energy. We were sharp and alert for the full 90 minutes and conceded few chances. Last year, we lacked some efficiency and ruthlessness in front of goal, but tonight we took our chances.” Schmidt was proud of the style of play shown by his players. ”Galatasaray SK did not play as we had anticipated but that did not present any problems. When we focus on our own style of play, it doesn't really matter what the game plan of our opponents is.”
Schmidt insisted that Zahavi’s opening goal after two minutes’ play was not due to goalkeeper Fernando Muslera’s howler, but rather the reward for a high-pressing game. “It was great so see back what we had practised in training: put early pressure on the defence.” It was the highlight of the game, according to Schmidt. “We have made progress as a team and we will keep on developing ourselves. Our style of play paid off. We won the ball and switched to attack in the build-up to the second goal and the third was scored at the end of a well-worked slick move. It makes me, as a coach, feel happy to see them perform like this.”