Mark van Bommel and Nick Viergever faced the media on Wednesday afternoon ahead of Thursday evening’s second tie of the Europa League third qualifying round against FK Haugesund. After registering a 3-1 win over ADO Den Haag on Sunday, PSV are ready for the return clash with the Norwegians.
Viergever told the assembled press that the players are confident they can get a result but stayed level-headed. “We want to reach the next round”, said the centre half, who spoke highly of the squad and his partner in defence Timo Baumgartl, a new summer signing. “He is a reliable defender who shows the right work ethic and right attitude. He speaks English very well and has made a favourable impression. We have a good squad with a lot of potential.
Mark van Bommel will send out his players in a positive frame of mind. “Gaston Pereiro will be out for some time but I think we have strength in numbers.” PSV’s head coach singled out Érick Gutiérrez, the man-in-form against ADO Den Haag. “If we play like a team, individual players get a chance to shine. Guti put on a fine display on Sunday.”
PSV are anxious to progress to the Europa League play offs. FK Haugesund finished fourth in the Norwegian Eliteserien last season, booking a spot in the qualifying stages of the Europa League. The Norwegians are currently eighth in the league after seventeen matches, following defeat against Ranheim TF last weekend. If PSV succeed in shrugging off FK Haugesund, they will meet either Apollon Limassol FC or Austria Wien. The Cypriots recorded a 2-1 win over the Austrian in their own stadium in the first leg.
Referee Juan Martínez from Spain has been selected to officiate the game between PSV and FK Haugesund that kicks off in the Philips Stadion on Thursday at 20.30.