PSV head coach Mark van Bommel admitted he was slightly jealous of the clubs that played UEFA Champions league football this week, “When you play that many games, it means you play to win trophies, and that is what is all about, isn’t it?”
'Keep the momentum'
Van Bommel faced the media at his weekly press briefing at De Herdgang training ground, ahead of Saturday’s clash at home to NAC Breda. “We saw some wonderful games of football. In the Netherlands, we benefit from the achievements”, said Van Bommel, referring ng to Ajax’s win over Real Madrid. Now that Ajax are through to the next round in the UCL, it is said that PSV will be more match fit than title contenders Ajax, because they do not play as many games as the Amsterdam outfit. Van Bommel begs to disagree. “The more you play, the fitter you will get and the better you keep the momentum. I wish we would be involved in a European competition.”
Title race hots up
With ten games to go, the title race hots up. Van Bommel told the media that when he was active as a player a large number of points would often separate the two top teams. But PSV were crowned champions in 2003, when they finished the season just one point above Ajax. “When I look back at those days, we were composed and level headed. We never suffered an emphatic defeat and knew how to kill off games and hold on a for a routine win. PSV also show fighting spirit and perseverance this season.”
Jorrit Hendrix will most likely return to Saturday’s match squad to face NAC Breda, who are rooted to the bottom of the Eredivisie table. The midfielder missed the game at Excelsior due to personal reasons. “I expect them to defend deeply. They look to avoid the dreaded drop and I don’t think NAC Breda will be a walkove”, said Van Bommel.
PSV will be without the inured Maxi Romero, Yanick van Osch and Ryan Thomas, while Hirving Lozano is ruled out of Saturday’s game through suspension.