A win over De Graafschap on Wednesday evening will be a first step for PSV towards Cup glory. Eredivisie club FC Twente was dumped out of the competition by the team from Doetinchem. PSV head coach Roger Schmidt realises it will not be a walkover.
All or nothing
“I love cup football”, said Schmidt at a press briefing on Tuesday afternoon. “It’s all or nothing in a single-leg tie. I like that.” PSV are still active on three fronts but Schmidt refuses to see the cup tournament as an extra. “Our mission is clear: we go out for a win. We will have to show it each and every game, including the clash at De Graafschap on Wednesday.”
Send out a strong side
Schmidt is wary of not to underestimate Wednesday’s opponent. “De Graafschap knocked FC Twente out of the Cup in the previous round. They send out a strong side.” De Graafschap play in the second tier of Dutch football but Schmidt takes the game seriously. “We have analysed them and we know we face a tough test in Doetinchem.”
Schmidt does not expect any of the injured players to make a comeback before the winter break, apart from Noni Madueke and added that there were no fresh injury concerns after the FC Utrecht clash. PSV play three more games before the winter break sets in, starting against De Graafschap.