Mark van Bommel met with the media for his weekly press conference on Friday afternoon ahead of Sunday’s clash at Vitesse. The PSV head coach shrugged off criticism that his team no longer puts in sparkling performances. “We are a solid team and keep our opponents away from our goal. We have been doing so for a long spell. We sometimes need time to slice open defences and score goals, but regularly succeed in doing so, which is one of the team’s qualities”, said Van Bommel.
Van Bommel briefly reviewed his side’s 4-0 win over PEC Zwolle.” We struggled in the first half but comfortably coasted to a 4-0 win.” PSV’s head coach was over the moon when Bergwijn doubled the lead. “I felt more like a player than a coach at that moment”, admitted Van Bommel. “It was a wonder strike and I felt so happy for Steven.”
Van Bommel also singled out Gastón Pereiro for praise. The Uruguayan playmaker returned to the starting line-up and played several team mates clean through. “Pereiro has rare qualities: he can keep possession of the ball and deliver accurate passes even when he is put under pressure buy opponents. He makes it look so easy. And he never panics when he is dropped to the bench: he will just carry on when he is handed a start.”
Van Bommel continued to provide an injury update. “There are no fresh injury concerns for PSV ahead of the trip to Vitesse. Romero, Thomas and keeper Van Osch face a lengthy spell on the sidelines and will not be called up to the match squad. We have a fully-fit squad and the players work hard for the full 90 minutes of each match.” Van Bommel is expecting a stern test for PSV in the Gelredome on Sunday. “I’ve said it before, Vitesse are a tough side. They are organised, very compact and have good players.”