“You must fight and show team spirit”

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“You must fight and show team spirit”

Mark van Bommel faced the media at his weekly press briefing on Friday afternoon, ahead of Sunday’s big game at Feyenoord. PSV’s head coach knows what it takes to bag all three points. “'When you play in the Rotterdam Kuip, you must fight and show team spirit in order to get a result.”

Confidence and experience  
“It’s all about confidence and experience”, insisted Van Bommel at De Herdgang training facilities. “Several young players are finding out what it takes to face a hectic schedule and win your games or overcome adversity. They must learn to read the game and sense when you must slow down or up a gear. And you only learn by experience. That holds good for me as well. It is the first time in my coaching career that I have to cope with a string of poor results. I know that the players are behind me. If not, I would have already resigned some time ago. Of course there are players who feel disappointed with not enough playing time. In fact, they should be very much disappointed.”

Away games 
PSV did not succeed in winning any of their last six away games and they have a poor track record against Feyenoord. “It’s about time to turn the tide”, said Van Bommel, gently hinting at a victory. “We must fight and show team spirit so that our opponents will sense that there is nothing in it for them. There is no demand on the players to win the game, but we always go out and try to win our games. That’s what football is all about.”

‘Details are often decisive’
Van Bommel continued: “Feyenoord will press high up the pitch, as they always do, so we practised in training how to defend it. Details are often decisive, like winning the second ball or control the ball well when you are being closed down. We are working hard to improve our overall performances. At times, we play some good football but lack of consistency has cost us”, said Van Bommel, who reiterated that he is not concerned about his position. “The only thing I can do is prepare the players as well as possible. I have no time to focus on other issues”, said Van Bommel, who added that Michal Sadilek and Ritsu Doan are doubtful for Sunday’s clash. “They will be assessed tomorrow.”