There is only prize money and pride at stake when PSV and Rosenborg BK play out their final European match of the season in the Philips Stadion on Thursday evening. Both teams have already been eliminated from Group D. Yet PSV head coach Mark van Bommel has only one thing on his mind: a win. “Unfortunately we cannot progress beyond the group stages.”
Van Bommel looked ahead to Thursday’s game at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon. “Generally speaking you need to win three home games and snatch one or two draws on the road to reach the next round”, explained Van Bommel. “But sometimes you earn ten points and still do not qualify for the knockout stages.” And PSV will have earned those ten points if they beat Rosenborg on Thursday. PSV recorded a 4-1 win on Matchday 2 and won both of the clubs’ two previous encounters, in the 2004/05 UEFA Champions League group stage, a 2-1 victory in Trondheim preceding a 1-0 win at home two weeks later. DaMarcus Beasley scored the only goal of the match in Eindhoven and Mark van Bommel wore the captain’s armband. Fifteen years later, he looks to guide his team to another victory. “We need to amass as many points as possible.”
Van Bommel did not reveal his starting line-up. “We can look at it from two different points of view. On the one hand, we may rest a few players, ahead of Sunday’s clash at Feyenoord, and on the other hand we look to keep the momentum and field an unchanged side. Some players, who are not fully fit, will undergo a late fitness test tomorrow, before we name the starting XI”, concluded Van Bommel.