PSV head coach Mark van Bommel spoke to the media ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash with Apollo Limassol. PSV defend a 3-0 lead from the first leg in the Philips Stadion, but PSV’s head coach insisted that the tie is still open and that PSV haven’t got through yet to the group stages. “We have taken a big step towards the Europa League group stages but Apollo had their chances in the first leg and I think it’s not over yet.”
'Great to show your skills in the Europa League'
Van Bommel was accompanied by Donyell Malen who also looked ahead to Thursday’s return leg. “We were obviously pleased with the 3-0 victory in the Philips Stadion last Thursday and we would very much like to compete in Europa League. It is great to show your skills on this stage. Last season, we played Champions League football, but now we look forward to featuring in the Europa League.''
PSV’s injury worries continue and the latest name added to the list is Steven Bergwijn. “We cannot afford to take any risks with Steven. I do not know if Sunday’s match at RKC Waalwijk comes too early for him”, explained Van Bommel.
‘Youngsters get opportunity to impress’
Because of these injuries, youngsters, including Noni Madueke, will get an opportunity to impress. “Noni is a skilful winger. I saw him in action at the Otten Cup. His potential is clear to see: he is regarded as a promising player but we will give him plenty of time to adapt.” The young Englishman’s promotion to the U21 squad could serve as an example for other Academy players. “After impressing in the youth setup and putting in some fine displays recently, he has been rewarded with a place in the 20-man squad to face Apollo Limassol”, concluded Van Bommel.