PSV head coach Mark van Bommel spoke to the media ahead of Sunday’s trip to the MAC 3PARK Stadion to face PEC Zwolle in round eight of the 2019/20 Eredivisie season. Van Bommel first looked back at the midweek win over FC Groningen. PSV put in an excellent first-half display but produced a disappointing second-half performance. He was asked to account for his side’s inconsistency.
Netherlands v Brazil
In order to make his point, Van Bommel made a comparison between PSV’s inconsistent display and his own career. “When I played for the Netherlands against Brazil at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, we were completely outplayed in the first half and we were happy to be trailing only 1-0 at half time. We made some tactical changes during the break and managed to score two goals in the second half to turn the game upside down. In football, you hardly ever have two identical halves with one team dominating proceedings”, explained Van Bommel, who insisted that his players should always be fully focused from start to finish.
Pablo Rosario opened the scoring for PSV on Wednesday against FC Groningen. There has been much criticism on Rosario the past few months and PSV’s captain responded in a mature way, admitting that he deserved the criticism. Van Bommel: “It sums up Rosario’s character. His struggling to get performances did not come as a surprise. He joined us in the summer of 2016 from Almere City, from the second tier of Dutch football. He played one season for PSV U21 before he broke into the first team. He performed well and was called up to the Netherlands squad. But then things did not run smoothly for Rosario any more, which is not unusual for a young player. Getting older and playing a great many matches will enhance stability. That holds good for a team as well. Just look at the FC Groningen game. We have a fairly young squad and some players lack that stability.”
Van Bommel did not agree that PSV had put in a poor second-half display because of his rotating policy. “In the Netherlands, we are not used to rotate the squad that much. But I think we have strength in depth in our squad and therefore we will keep on rotating the squad”, said Van Bommel, who did not reveal Sunday’s starting XI.
Van Bommel expects to have the luxury of a fully fit squad to select from for Sunday’s clash with PEC Zwolle. Only Mitroglou is doubtful.