“We must stand up on Sunday”

“We must stand up on Sunday”

Mark van Bommel was not in a cheerful mood when he returned to Eindhoven on Friday. PSV’s Europa League campaign is over after crashing to a 4-0 defeat at Sporting CP on Thursday. PSV will now turn their attention to the Dutch Eredivisie. “We must stand up on Sunday.”

‘There’s no other option’
Van Bommel referred to Sunday’s game away from home to FC Emmen. He always claims his team will go looking for a win and PSV may need a win now more than ever. “We must stand up on Sunday, there’s no other option”, said Van Bommel at Eindhoven Airport.

'Very disappointed'
PSV’s head coach looked back at Thursday’s defeat. “We were obviously very disappointed with the result. We did not play well against a good team and the final score was a fair reflection of what had been going on. It was a night to forget. We will have to shake off the Sporting disappointment quickly and give our all against FC Emmen”, said Van Bommel.

'Deal with disappointment'
“A sportsman will learn how to deal with disappointment”, Van Bommel continued. “There is always a next game coming up. We have come through the game in Lisbon unscathed, so I expect to see all the players on the training pitch on Saturday morning.”

‘Can’t take anything for granted’
FC Emmen are currently lying thirteenth in the table and PSV know from experience that they face a tough test. Last season’s corresponding game ended in a 2-2 draw. “Emmen have a good home record. We dropped two valuable points in Emmen last year, so we cannot take anything for granted”, concluded Van Bommel.