Mark van Bommel hopes Donyell Malen and Steven Bergwijn will be fit to start against AZ in the Philips Stadion on Sunday afternoon. “They are doing well and face a late fitness test on Saturday”, said the PSV head coach during his weekly press briefing on Friday afternoon.
Best 30 minutes of the season
Malen missed Thursday’s clash with LASK Linz, while Steven Bergwijn clutched his hamstring in the closing stages of the Europa League Group D encounter. One of the football writers said PSV played their best football of the season in the first 30 minutes of the game against LASK and Van Bommel fully agreed. “There is just one thing, though. We did not score a goal.” He was asked if it had affected his mood. “Well, I would have been in a bad temper if we had been outplayed completely but I think we put in a fine display last night.”
Yet PSV failed to win a game for the second time in a row. Van Bommel was asked if he felt extra pressure. “Not really, no. We are PSV and I know we are expected to win our games. But we created enough chances last night to run out winners.”
PSV look to take revenge when they host AZ on Sunday. They suffered defeat in Alkmaar in last season’s reverse encounter, which hugely dented their title hopes. “I have no hard feelings, though”, said Van Bommel, who added that the previous two matches, against FC Utrecht and LASK, will not influence the preparations for Sunday. “There’s another game coming up. We will welcome AZ and look to take all three points at home.”
Nick Viergever and Jorrit Hendrix are suspended for Sunday’s clash with AZ.