Cocu expects difficult duel with ‘defensively strong’ Excelsior
PSV coach Phillip Cocu is expected Saturday with a tricky away game for his team in Rotterdam against Excelsior.
“Excelsior is defensively very strong. You can see that coach Mitchell van der Gaag is a part of his career in Portugal has experienced. That he translates, and he brings in the team,” said the 45-year-old coach Friday at a press conference.
“In addition, they have a number of good footballers in the team, with three fast guys in front. In the transition, they are very dangerous.”
Cocu realises that PSV eindhoven at the Woudestein especially after the defeat against Feyenoord (0-1) with no less pleasure from taking than income.
“We need to win to Feyenoord under pressure to keep up. The pressure is always there. If you’re at the top, there is also pressure. You as a player of football club deal with it. That is not very that pressure is needed. We have shown that we are under pressure to become stronger to play without any pressure.”
PSV can Saturday against Excelsior the eredivisierecord breaking most consecutive uitzeges. The Locals won the last twelve uitduels in the Premier league is already record holder.
In the season 1987/1988 put the team from Eindhoven to a similar series down. A thirteenth uitzege in a row would be an absolute record.
“Something like that, you don’t need as motivation to use the players. We know how important that match is,” said the trainer of the champion.
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Jürgen Locadia is against Excelsior not usable because of a liesblessure. Also Manchester City-mercenary Oleksandr Zinchenko is still not fit enough to come in action. “He has Friday for the first time fully been training for, but still has something longer needed. He will just be patient.”
Cocu wants, yet not lose who he is setting up in Rotterdam. He has in midfield the choice of Andres Guardado, Jorrit Hendrix, Bart Ramselaar, Davy Pröpper and Siem de Jong.
“A number of boys sitting close to each other. If a player is not in form or not performing optimally trains the choice easier. Now trains everyone crisp. I hope that I choice throughout the whole season.”
The match between Excelsior and PSV starts on Saturday at 19.45 and is under the direction of Danny Makkelie.
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