PSV head coach Roger Schmidt and Mario Götze feel confident that PSV have a chance to get overcome a two-goal deficit when they host Olympiacos in the Philips Stadion after a 4-2 defeat in the first leg in Greece. They both think PSV will be highly motivated to reach the next round. “We will fight for every inch”.
Roger Schmidt looked ahead to Thursday’s game during a press conference in the press centre of the Philips Stadion on Wednesday afternoon. “It looks like a final. We need a win by two goals and know what we can expect from our opponent. We will have a chance to do something special on Thursday night and will show we are highly motivated. We will fight for every inch and play a good game tactical wise”, said Schmidt, who went on to review last week’s game in Greece. “Olympiacos FC showed great efficiency last week. They did not get that many chances but converted virtually all their opportunities into goals. We must learn from our mistakes and defend as a unit and with discipline”, said Schmidt. And what if Olympiakos FC score the opening goal? “We will have to accept it and just carry on”, replied Schmidt, who does not know if Olivier Boscagli is fit enough to start. “We will assess how Olivier is for Thursday after the final training session but he will be doubtful.” Mo Ihattaren has joined the squad for full training and will be part of the match squad.
Playmaker Mario Götze will be included in the starting XI. The German told the media that he hopes to complete the full 90 minutes and is confident PSV still have a chance to qualify for the Round of 16. “We must show the conviction that we can always score two or three goals, even if there are only ten minutes left to play. Every small detail can be decisive. We have hardly dropped points in our own stadium this season.” Götze was asked if he had been successful in overcoming a two-goal deficit before in his career. “I know from experience that it is difficult to win away games in the knockout stages of a European competition. I remember we suffered a 3-1 defeat against FC Porto in Portugal but enjoyed an emphatic 5-1 victory in the second leg at home, which sums it nicely up.”
Götze missed part of the second half of the season and saw his team mates struggle to get results. Yet he refuses to join in criticism of PSV’s form. “We are not doing that badly. We are second in the league and have a good chance tomorrow to progress to the next round of the Europa League. When you see all the challenges we have faced this season, I think we have made the best of the situation. You just cannot expect all players to be on top level eight months in a row. I have a positive attitude and the season is far from over. We can only draw conclusions at the end of the season”, concluded Mario Götze.