Van Bommel: 'LASK always give it to the full 100%'

Van Bommel: 'LASK always give it to the full 100%'

PSV head coach Mark van Bommel addressed the media on Wednesday afternoon, ahead of Thursday’s Europa League Group D match against LASK Linz. Some Austrian football writers thought that PSV are favourites to win the third group game. But Van Bommel was not too impressed. “We will play our own game but have obviously analysed the strengths and weaknesses of our opponents.”

“All teams in Group D played Champions League qualification games this summer. LASK beat Basel, while we suffered defeat against the Swiss club. So actually LASK should be labelled favourites but we all know it is not always like that. We have made progress since then, just like LASK. We had a different squad when we started the pre-season campaign and we have become much more stable”  So Van Bommel felt like PSV had been punched after suffering their first defeat of the season at FC Utrecht last Sunday. The PSV head coach maintained in his post-match reaction that PSV had not been outclassed. “We saw most of the ball and FC Utrecht took advantage of some defensive slips. I would honestly have admitted we had put in a poor display if I had thought so. I will not beat about the bush just to protect my players.”

Valérien Ismaël
Van Bommel hopes PSV will make amends against LASK, but is wary of the danger posed by the Austrians. Valérien Ismaël, who was appointed as the new boss of LASK in May 2019, is an old team-mate of Van Bommel at Bayern Munich. “We went our own ways but we got on together really well, just like our wives. I am looking forward to seeing him again, but of course we have different interests now.” Van Bommel pointed to similarities between his former French team mate and himself. “He urges his players to give their all and it has paid off. They have an unorthodox style of play and they always give it to the full 100%. Mind you, they don’t run around like headless chickens. In fact, they are dogged opponents and a good footballing side and keep believing and sticking to their game plan.”