The PSV players left the pitch under a standing ovation from the home crowd who had been in good voice all evening.. Marl van Bommel’s men had 23 efforts on target, more than any other team against the Catalan side since 2017, but left the Philips Stadion empty-handed at the end of the day. “You don’t always get what you deserve.”
“I’m very disappointed”, said PSV head coach Mark van Bommel in his post-match interview. “But it was great to see our fans applaud us after the full-time final whistle. It was a reward for our performance. We have given our all, had a clear idea of how to play and created a host of chances. It showed once again we can hold our own with the best teams in Europe.”
But PSV, who have earned one point from five games, will finish bottom of Group B and will not play in a European competition after the winter. “We must face the facts, but just think of how we played against BATE Borisov in the play-off round and where we are right now. We have made some big steps and we feel we had deserved more tonight.”
Bergwijn: ‘If ever….’
PSV are officially out of Europe after a 2-1 defeat to Barcelona in the Philips Stadion and will now focus on the Dutch league. They look to retain the Eredivisie title and currently have taken a five-point lead over Ajax. Steven Bergwijn felt PSV had given a performance to be proud of. “If ever we had an opportunity to beat FC Barcelona, it was tonight. We knew we were handed a tough draw against Tottenham Hotspur, Inter and FC Barcelona. We knew we needed a result tonight but it was not to be.” PSV will be back in action on Sunday when they face Feyenoord in the Rotterdam Kuip.