- Title: NETHERLANDS: PSV PREPARE FOR THEIR CHAMPIONS LEAGUE MATCH AGAINST ARSENAL
- Date: 23rd November 2004
- Summary: EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS (NOVEMBER 23, 2004) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. WIDE SHOT INTERIOR PHILIPS STADION 2. VARIOUS PSV EINDHOVEN TRAINING 3. (SOUNDBITE) (Dutch) MARK VAN BOMMEL SPEAKING: "Arsenal is a very big club but they are not in great shape at the moment but that doesn't matter much for them because they have a lot of quality so one or two players can decide the game and that is what we will have to watch out for tomorrow, that one mistake will not be fatal for us." 4. VARIOUS PSV TRAINING 5. (SOUNDBITE) (Dutch) PHILIP COCU SPEAKING: "I think we will play the way we have been playing lately; we have kept a clean sheet for quite a few games so I don't think we need to change anything in the way we play. Despite the great players that they have we will just have to go on and do it. When we played away against them last time we did fine and managed to make it difficult for them so now we have to take one extra step and hopefully the result will come our way." 6. VARIOUS PSV TRAINING 7. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PSV COACH GUUS HIDDINK SPEAKING: "I can say that with these accusations there was a harmful situation in the past which was damaging to PSV because well informed people know that PSV is one of the most open clubs in Holland and Europe regarding racism, and it's a rather severe accusation of the English press which angers us. There was some trouble a few years ago as well when the press made a lot of fuss about those things and that's not right, that's not fair either." 8. WIDE SHOT PSV EINDHOVEN NEWS CONFERENCE 9. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PSV COACH GUUS HIDDINK SPEAKING 10. INTERIOR PHILIPS STADION Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 8th December 2004 12:00
- Location: EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS
- Country: Netherlands
- Reuters ID: LVA3YTTZ31KNFD1KFEAHYULR4MV1
- Story Text: PSV prepare for their Champions League match against
After failing in eight attempts, PSV Eindhoven can
finally reach the Champions League's knockout phase on
Wednesday (November 24) if they beat a struggling Arsenal
side at the Philips Stadion.
Top of Group E with nine points, the Dutch team already
have a clear lead over Arsenal (6 pts), Panathinaikos (5
pts) and Rosenborg Trondheim (1 pt) and could even qualify
for the last 16 with a defeat if Rosenborg were to lose in
Based on an extremely solid defence, PSV will be
looking to crown an excellent start to the domestic season
which has taken them five points clear at the top of the
Despite the loss of forwards Mateja Kezman and Arjen
Robben to Chelsea, coach Guus Hiddink used the close season
to add an excellent Brazilian central defender, Alex, and
an experienced midfielder, Philip Cocu, to his squad.
The result has been a tight formation which has kept a
clean sheet in the Dutch league for 940 minutes and has
only conceded two goals in four Champions League matches to
The only personnel problem facing Hiddink, besides the
long-term injured John de Jong and Kasper Bogelund, is a
shoulder problem which has sidelined striker Jan Vennegoor
of Hesselink until the winter break in December and
The setback leaves Gerald Sibon, who has spent most of the season
n the bench, as PSV's only central striker. The
former Sheffield Wednesday forward has only started two
games, the 1-0 defeat at Arsenal and a goalless draw at
Players Mark van Bommel and Philip Cocu looked forward
to the match, van Bommel saying Arsenal were not at their
best at the moment but had enough quality players to punish
opponents' mistakes. Cocu said PSV, who have been defending
well in recent games, would stick to their usual game.
Without Vennegoor of Hesselink, PSV may find it harder
to exploit the weaknesses of an Arsenal defence which has
been leaking goals since an October injury to England
central defender Sol Campbell.
A spate of draws in both the Premier League and
Champions League has led to Arsenal losing their
top-of-the-table slot at home and facing the danger of a
costly European flop at the very first hurdle.
On Sunday, PSV beat Vitesse Arnhem 2-0 in the Dutch
first division but the game was marred by a 15-minute
suspension after the referee was abused by Arnhem
After PSV went in front in the 56th minute through
Gerald Sibon the home fans vented their anger at referee
Ruud Bossen when he sent off Michael Dingsdag six minutes
later for elbowing.
Bossen took the teams off while tempers cooled and the
home players appealed to their supporters for calm.
It is the second time in little more than a month that
a Dutch league match involving PSV has been halted by a
referee following insults from the crowd. In October,
referee Rene Temmink ended a match with ADO Den Haag 10
minutes early with PSV leading 2-0 after he was subjected
Hiddink is wary of what he clearly believes is an
attempt by the English press to introduce a racial element
into the game following the recent racial abuse suffered by
England's black players in the recent friendly against
Spain in Madrid.
German referee Herbert Fandel has reportedly warned
that he will halt the game if fans racially abuse the
players and Hiddink defended PSV as one of the most open
clubs in Europe.
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