PSV v Feyenoord is undoubtedly the game of the weekend, so the press room was packed when PSV head coach Mark van Bommel previewed Sunday’s game on Friday afternoon. “I think we will face a tough test and expect Feyenoord will not deal gently with us.”
”Difficult to play against Feyenoord”
All eyes are on the big game so many football writers and TV crews had come to De Herdgang training facilities to attend the press conference ahead of Sunday’s clash with Feyenoord. Van Bommel first of all explained why he thinks it is difficult to play against Feyenoord. “They lack consistency: on some days they play really weak and on other days they don’t play well at all. But Feyenoord are the only team to have beaten us in the Eredivisie this season. They are a good team and have quality up front. They are a strong side when they have possession and defensive organisation as well. I expect them to go at us from the first whistle, like they did in this season’s reverse encounter in the Rotterdam Kuip.”
‘Leave inconsistencies behind’
Van Bommel hopes his side will leave inconsistencies behind after three consecutive 2-2 draws away at SC Emmen, FC Utrecht and sc Heerenveen. PSV conceded seven goals after the winter break, whereas the opponents have fewer efforts on target. “Yet we do not concede an awful lot of goals all of a sudden. These things happen in football. It is a cliché but we analyse the goals and assists of all matches, take the positives out of each game and go into the next one, trying to score at least one more goal than the opponent. I don’t think we should mess with our game plan too much.”
‘Showed great character’
PSV’s head coach said his side showed great character to fight back from two goals down to save a draw against FC Utrecht and sc Heerenveen. “We still have a squad of players that are willing to fight for each other. They will always carry on, whether we are winning 4-0, drawing 1-1 or trailing 2-0”, said Van Bommel.