Barely seventeen hours after having bagged three points in their Europa League Group D campaign, PSV started to prepare at PSV Campus De Herdgang for the next big game. Mark van Bommel spoke to the media at PSV on Friday afternoon ahead of Sunday’s Eredivisie fixture at home to Ajax. PSV and Ajax are title contenders and PSV’s head coach expects a close game.
Favourites to win the title
Van Bommel thinks neither team are hot favourites to win Sunday’s game. “At the start of the season, Ajax were generally regarded favourites to win the Dutch title and they still are. They splashed cash on players during the summer transfer window and have a squad with quality and depth. Yet we have some quality players as well. Ajax may be favourites to clinch the title, but the favourites are not necessarily crowned champions at the end of the season.”
PSV boast an excellent home record as they have not been beaten at home in the league for 50 games now. “I know it is a cliché, but our fans are instrumental in supporting us. From young to old, our fans will always back us through thick and thin. There is a strong bond between the players and our supporters.”
Ajax coach Erik ten Hag described PSV during his pre-match conference as ‘a wall of six defenders and four cowboys up front.’ Van Bommel begged to disagree, with a smile. “We are a solid team”, he said, and added: “Well, maybe our forwards act like cowboys, but then again, we don’t care how we play as long as we win. And who cares. I really enjoy the attacking style of play of our forwards who bring pace and power to our game.”
Van Bommel expects Ajax to stick to their game pan. “We will try to exploit their weaknesses and mask our own”, said PSV’s head coach. PSV have come through their Europa League opener unscathed. Van Bommel has a fully-fit squad to choose from and is pleased with Érick Gutiérrez’s rehab progress.