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A PSV Eindhoven Story
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OohAhCantona's avatar Group OohAhCantona 2019-05-07 23:51
00 111 posts 11 likes joined Sep 20, 2018

FRIENDLIES & SUPERCUP MARK BEGINNING OF TITLE DEFENSE

Phase II started fairly well and Mark van Bommel is heading into the beginning of the season on a solid streak of results. With the Euro Cup and Olympics occupying a number of key players the new youngsters being thrown in the deep end of the pool got plenty of playing time, and so far it looks like van Bommel’s gamble is paying off.

Friendly (H) : PSV 4 - Lommel SK 1
Friendly (A) : KSV Cercle Brugge 1 - PSV 3
Friendly (A) : Bayer Leverkusen 2 - PSV 5
Friendly (A) : KFC Turnhout 0 - PSV 4
Friendly (A) : RB Leipzig 1 - PSV 1

Three of the games were against small teams that PSV were expected to win, but they did pull out some impressive results against big teams. The 5-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen was a great result as they managed to pour it on against a solid team from a bigger league with a player (Kai Havertz) most would consider to be much better than anyone on PSV’s roster. The most surprising result would be the draw against RB Leipzig, van Bommel had to rest a number of players to be ready for the KNVB Super Cup and sent out their ‘C’ team with a number of Jong PSV players. After going down 1-0 early the youngsters managed to pull one back later in the game and hold off a team much better than them.

The KNVB Super Cup against Ajax would be their first real test with a mostly full roster but tactical familiarity will not be an issue. Ajax has also been a thorn in van Bommel side so despite the low importance of the match it would mean a lot to him to add more silverware at Ajax’s expense.

DUTCH SUPER CUP

KNVB Super Cup (H) : PSV 1 - Ajax 0


With even odds coming into this game van Bommel was rather measured with his comments in the media, with so many changes and Pelayo Morilla still at the Olympics there would be room for Ajax to tip this one in their favor. David Neres, Walter González, Moussa Sissoko, Nicolás Tagliafico, and Daley Blind were still around so Vincenzo Montella would still have the players to win.

“If we want to pass Ajax, we will need to go through them.”

The final result wasn’t the best reflection of the game, but PSV managed to do enough to keep the score line safe for the bulk of the game. Ajax’s 4-1-2-3 formation did the trick of slowing down PSV’s attack and luck fell on their side with Bruno Henrique’s strike just before the half the only goal. Despite a massive advantage in shots, shots on target, and possession the single goal difference would keep Ajax’s hopes within reach all game. Ajax’s saving grace was new GK Erik de Wit, only (17), as he made numerous quality saves to keep them in the game.

Few players had impressive games with only (3) players rating above 7.0, all of them on PSV, with Antônio Carlos the Player of the Match with an 8.2 and the assist on Bruno Henrique’s goal. Antônio Carlos has continued his ascent after a great 2019-20 season and Euro Cup run, it won’t be long before even more teams come pounding on the door for his services.
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Justice's avatar Group Justice 2019-05-08 10:59
00 5597 posts 703 likes joined Feb 11, 2013
pfffft comfortable win over Ajax, the scoreline probably doesn't do the other stats any justice!
ScottT's avatar Group ScottT 2019-05-08 12:09
gb 1987 posts 341 likes joined Apr 04, 2016
The score-line certainly doesn't do you justice there. Far too comfortable!
OohAhCantona's avatar Group OohAhCantona 2019-05-09 02:05
00 111 posts 11 likes joined Sep 20, 2018

MASSIVE ROSTER PURGE STARTS PHASE II

PSV fans must have been heartbroken as the summer transfers flew, seeing a massive chunk of the senior roster leave for bigger paychecks is never fun. That being said, van Bommel and Gerbrands have been unwavering in their public and private support for these moves.

“This is the business of football” said Gerbrands during an interview with KVNB TV “bigger teams come to buy our players, they can pay them more. If they want to leave, if they don’t want to play here, they can go.”

Transfer sagas that started last season ended almost immediately after, Maxilimiano Romero had been demanding a move since the beginning of last season but settled for a pay hike and a new contract . Erick Gutiérrez was also tempted by transfer offers and extracted a promise to be sold at the end of the season which saw him leave for Porto at a cut rate as they were the only serious bidder. Derrick Lukassen also wanted to leave along with Trent Sainsbury and Daniel Schwaab, the latter two felt they had been pushed out of the team by the arrival of César Montes and Bruno Viana. Marlon Frey, despite his goal scoring heroics, has been deemed surplus to requirements. Antonio Valencia’s contract expired and was not offered a new one. All of this resulted in a large influx of cash that PSV is happy to sit on and invest as needed, they will also have some younger players deserving of new contracts.

“Young players know they will play here” said van Bommel, sitting next to Gerbrands “we have a lot of great young players that want to play. We gave Antonio [Marin] a chance, so we will have faith in the others.”

Part of van Bommel’s confidence comes from surprising returns from the youth system. While a few of the promoted players were well known prior to being brought to the senior squad, some of them rose from the ranks to show PSV had more talent than they knew.

The most frustrating part of the purge was the circling vultures who thought everyone was available. After going under the radar for two seasons everyone came calling for Antonio Marin, who was definitely not for sale, and things got out of hand quickly. Borussia Dortmund got the ball rolling with a £26M offer that eventually made its way up to £42M after a few offers were rejected. BVB were followed by Bayern Munich, Inter, Bayer Leverkusen, Porto, Chelsea, AS Monaco, Manchester United, Tottenham, and RB Leipzig. Most of the offers landed in the £26M to £45M, bids that had no chance of prying away PSV’s best player, but the involvement of PSG started some unwanted drama. PSG’s initial £29M was rejected and Marin became upset as he suddenly wanted to move to a bigger club and more prestigious league, but with his contract ending in 2024 he didn’t have much leverage. Things started to get interesting as the super rich clubs started to throw their weight around, PSG followed up their initial bid with a £65M offer that was quickly matched by Chelsea. Inside sources report that the next bid set off a long meeting between van Bommel and Toon Gerbrands, a £77M offer from Manchester United represented a King’s ransom for PSV but they ultimately decided to wait it out. Marin was too much of an asset to let go, even at that price. Plus, with all of the other departures the transfer budget had swelled to the point that PSV were not hurting for cash.

Senior Transfers (Out)
Bart Ramselaar (CM, Celtic) £1.3M
Willian Arão (CM, Villareal) £1.5M
Marlon Frey (CM, Lausanne) £2.9M
Ryan Thomas (CM, Real San Sebastián) £4.1M
Lars Unnerstall (GK, Feyenoord) £4.6M
Eugene Konoplyanka (LW, Villarreal) £4.8M
Erick Gutiérrez (CM, Porto) £5.75M
Robert Arboleda (CB, AS Monaco) £6M
Angeliño (LB, Wolverhampton) £8.75M
Nick Viergever (LB, Olympique Lyon) £10.75M
Derrick Luckassen (CB, AS Monaco) £10.5M
Luuk de Jong (ST, Leicester) £12.75M
Steven Bergwijn (RW, Arsenal) £17.75M

Senior Transfers (In)
None

Final Transfer List (Impact Signings)
Patrick Kiefer (LW, AKA Vorarlberg - Germany) £10,000
Domingos Guerreiro (ST, Preston North End - Portugal) £1.7M
Saad Salama (LB, AS Monaco - Egypt) £3.0M
Asier Martín (LW, Eibar - Spain) £3.5M
Guillaume Cantona (ST, Olympique Lyon - France) £7.5M

With so much money in the bank some of the new signing barely dented the budget but one really jumped out. The signing of Guillaume Cantona represents one of the most expensive youngster purchases under van Bommel, the early buzz is that they could have paid much more and it still would have been a bargain. Cantona already plays the advanced forward role and might give Bakayoko a run for his money as the paciest player in the organization.

In international news PSV was well represented at the 2020 Euro Cup. France defeated Holland 2-1 in the final with Antônio Carlos, Luuk de Jong and Tonny Vilhena selected as Euro Cup Dream Team subs. The Dream Team featured (6) Dutch players with Jetro Willems, Memphis Depay, and Virgil van Dijk making the cut.
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ScottT's avatar Group ScottT 2019-05-09 10:50
gb 1987 posts 341 likes joined Apr 04, 2016
A lot of departures there, but the main thing is that you've managed to hold onto Marin despite some doubts. His impact has been instrumental to your success and so it's understandable to see why you were so reluctant to let him go, even for such a large fee.
SonOfAnarchy's avatar Group SonOfAnarchy 2019-05-09 12:52
00 83 posts 7 likes joined Jan 11, 2019
You’ve done extremely well to win the Champions League. It isn’t easy with a Dutch team, as i know from previous experience, but you’ve made it look easy. Congratulations, enjoy the success and hopefully you continue it.
OohAhCantona's avatar Group OohAhCantona 2019-05-15 03:21
00 111 posts 11 likes joined Sep 20, 2018

AUGUST : THE TITLE DEFENSE BEGINS!

The first month of the season would prove to be extremely promising for PSV and with De Topper Derby as the opening game of their league season it couldn’t have been more exciting. The tense 1-0 victory over Ajax in the KNVB Super Cup would leave both teams itching for a rematch and on some level PSV were still upset about their one loss in the league last year. PSV fans were quick to point out their (33) victories and the Ajax fans were quick to remind them of that single loss.

Eredivisie (H) : PSV 6 - Ajax 2


The captain bands were on display in the KNVB Cup, but today officially marked Jack Butland’s first as team captain. With just about everyone leaving town it seemed a fairly obvious choice, the same with Tonny Vilhena being named Vice Captain. Despite the pomp surrounding their appointment things looked a little dour heading into this game, the oddsmakers were definitely not buying PSV’s rebuild with PSV a very very slight favorite to win. Pelayo Morilla would miss this game after a deep run in the Olympics with Spain’s U-23 squad, so Marco der Meyde would be forced into the CAM position with backup Wim de Boom recovering from injury.

It only took 4’ for van Bommel’s new No. 9 to put PSV up 1-0, putting Ajax in a hole just about right out of the gate. An ill advised kick to Bruno Henrique’s calf by Rasmus Nissen Kristensen got him booked and gave PSV a free kick on the far side of the box. Ryan Gravenberch floated the kick across the box for Antonio Marin to knock it down and into the path of Maximiliano Romero just in front of Erik de Wit in goal, a tap was all it took to put it in. Marin added one of his own at 14’ and things really started to look dark for Ajax, their performance in the KNVB Cup was looking more and more like a fluke. Ajax managed to sort themselves out after the second goal, but they still found themselves struggling. Walter González, on an incredible shot, broke the shutout at 39’ and brought Ajax back into the game. A corner was deflected out and PSV started to push out of the box when the ball landed at González’s feet just above the right side of the arc, his shot curled slightly to the post and found the side netting before PSV even knew the ball was headed the other way. Jack Butland did his best, but with all the traffic he just couldn’t see it until it was too late. With Ajax still riding high Antônio Carlos answered back just a few minutes later and took all the air out of the González goal and sent PSV into the half up 3-1.

Thanks to all the goals and exciting play the fact that three players were injured in the first half went under the radar. Bruno Henrique left with a leg injury after 17’, likely due to the kicking he took earlier, and was replaced by Prince Diomandé. After 30’ Nicolás Tagliafico started limping to join Moussa Sissoko who started the game at less than 100%, the two of them barely made it past 60’ and looked like they should have been left out of the team. The physical drain really hit Ajax hard as the second half went on and Diomandé’s first goal of the season at 64’ was the start of a deluge. Romero scored again at 85’ to put PSV up 5-1, it barely mattered when Roger Assalé scored a few minutes later and the final nail was Diomandé’s second in injury time for a surprising 6-2 victory.

“That was a decent start” stated van Bommel with his usually steely stare “we have some things to work on, but the season has only started. Ajax aren’t going away just yet.”

While van Bommel has played an attacking style of football since taking over it is well known that he values defense over goals. Most fans are focused on the (6) goals, especially in De Topper, but the (2) allowed will likeley be the focus of van Bommel’s training sessions in the coming weeks. PSV will also be without Bruno Henrique for 2-3 weeks after being diagnosed with a pulled calf muscle. Diomandé will get a chance to start with the first team until he gets back or gets injured himself.

EREDIVISIE DEFENSE STARTS STRONG

After pouring it on against Ajax things would get much worse for the rest of the league. PSV would win a tight 1-0 road game against Sparta Rotterdam and then go on a scoring spree that would help build their confidence for the looming European Supercup game against Manchester United. A 3-0 win against Excelsior and a 6-0 demolition of FC Den Haag would put PSV right where it left off last season. The Den Bosch game would be a “perfect” performance for van Bommel as PSV allowed no shots and didn’t get a single card.

The only bad news out of this stretch was the loss of Maximiliano Romero who would leave the Excelsior game with a thigh injury. Romero’s injury would turn out to be a torn hamstring that would keep him out for (2) months, missing him would be a devastating blow and van Bommel’s first losing gamble of the season. Rinus Bakayoko becomes the first team starter with Erwin de Winter moving from Jong PSV to the second team. Bruno Henrique’s injury would also open up the door for Prince Diomande in the first squad, an opportunity he wouldn’t waste. With all the attention on Andrès Senkye, AS Monaco put in an 8.5M offer for him, Diomande jumped him in the pecking order and put in an incredible performance against Den Haag which should encourage Bruno Henrique to hurry back.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE & KNVB DRAW

For the second year in a row PSV were given a gift in the Champions League draw. It looks like van Bommel will have the perfect blend of difficulty and relative ease to get his young squad ready for the bright lights of Europe.

Group E
PSV (Netherlands)
Borussia Dortmund (Germany)
Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine)
Young Boys (Switzerland)

Group E turns out to be one of the easiest groups if not the easiest to advance from. It will be tough to win with Borussia Dortmund to beat and Shakhtar Donetsk ready to put up a fight, but PSV should be able to advance ahead of the Ukrainians and Young Boys. PSV fans can also breath easy, or indulge in some schadenfreude, as Ajax lands squarely in the Group of Death. Group A includes Barcelona, PSG, Inter, and Ajax to form the most difficult draw this year. Group A (Manchester United, Sevilla, and Napoli) and Group G (Real Madrid, Liverpool, and RB Leipzig) formed the other groups in the running.

The first round of the KNVB Cup would pit PSV against a Keuken Kampioen Divisie side in Helmond Sport, few give Helmond Sport much of a chance in the matchup.
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ScottT's avatar Group ScottT 2019-05-15 11:50
gb 1987 posts 341 likes joined Apr 04, 2016
A good start to the campaign and a fairly comfortable group, in comparison to what you may have got. I suspect a very strong season once again is on the cards.
OohAhCantona's avatar Group OohAhCantona 2019-05-16 04:11
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SEPTEMBER : BITTER MEDICINE LIGHTS FIRE

Winning the Champions League comes with some additional obligations and PSV packed their bags for a trip to Estádio do Dragão in Portugal for the European Super Cup against Manchester United. The game turned out to be more trouble than it was worth as Mark van Bommel found himself short handed and forced to play some players he would rather have left on the bench. Manchester United were already solid favorites before Antônio Carlos sprained his left knee ligaments in practice, the injury would keep him out for at least (5) weeks of total roster hell for PSV. Antonio Marin would still be on international duty so PSV went into this game without two of their best players and a severely weakened right side of the field.

Things didn't go well at all as PSV fell 3-1, their test against a big European power showed van Bommel that they still have a long way to go if they plan on getting very far in the Champions League. To be fair PSV finished the game down a man after Tonny Vilhena was booked twice, and Danilo Boldewijn came in as a sub and promptly gave away a goal in a manner only a teenager could. Boldewijn got an earful from van Bommel as the teams left the field, but anyone who’s been around the club knows that everyone gets the hairdryer treatment from time to time.

The disappointing result would be quickly forgotten as PSV returned to form in the Eredivisie by beating up FC Groningen 2-0 at home. Despite the win van Bommel would have more troubles heaped on him when Boldewijn would be injured in training and be out up to (4) weeks. At this rate van Bommel will need to suit up, his defensive options are rapidly dwindling.

Champions League (A) : Borussia Dortmund 0 - PSV 0


If PSV fans were looking forward to an away game this season it would be the trip to Signal Iduna Park for one of the best gameday atmospheres in Europe. While most PSV fans would appreciate the experience nobody would like the banner of Antonio Marin in a BVB kit that was unfurled opposite the visitors end. With Pulisic leaving for Arsenal the previous season on a 51M transfer and BVB aggressively trying to sign Marin it was only natural for the media to whip up some animosity between the fans, it didn’t help that the Dortmund fans were more than willing to stir things up.

Despite being favored BVB found themselves in a bit of a bind on the attack as Lucien Favre was playing Paco Alcácer out of position at RW, a position more suited to a new signing like Marin, and Abdou Diallo at LB up against Marin and Ivanildo Wennemars. The hosts looked good on paper but PSV took the game to them and felt hard done-by when they only took a point from it. Both teams played fast paced attacking football with BVB finding themselves on the defensive more than they would have liked, but everyone in attendance left feeling like they saw a great game.

Even with so much of the ball PSV just couldn’t connect and Marco der Meyde became a bit of a goat. Playing in the BBM role he would have a number of opportunities to come into the box late and catch BVB off guard, but instead of coming into the box for a shot der Meyde got a little antsy and started taking them well outside of the box from a range that would be called hopeful at best. At 65’ BVB looked like they were going to turn the affair in their favor after a free kick into the box resulted in a penalty after Pelayo Morilla got caught pulling on Marco Reus’ shirt. Much to their dismay Jack Butland blocked the attempt from Alcácer to keep it 0-0. Butland has proven to be a mastermind on penalties and his heroics saved PSV once again, Marin is going to need to step up his game if he doesn’t want to be supplanted.

“We did well, but nobody can tell me we shouldn’t have won that game” admitted van Bommel afterwards.

The respectable draw puts the hardest fixture of the group behind them although van Bommel will not be looking forward to the game at Shakhtar Donetsk. PSV hasn’t had the smoothest of times in that area of the world, at least they won’t have to visit Moscow.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW UNLEASHED DE ROOD-WITTEN DRAGON

It’s no secret that van Bommel doesn’t rest on his laurels and doesn’t allow his team to accept anything but their best. This can be grating for some, especially his players, but for the most part it drives everyone to do their best. While the draw at Signal Iduna Park was not a bad result, especially in the face of one of the best crowds in Europe, it was motivation for PSV to improve. The remainder of September was less improvement and more PSV just taking it out on everyone.


Early results make roster purge look like a substantial improvement.

Domestic squads were left looking like they had been hit by a train with PSV winning 3-0 (N.E.C. Nijmgen), 6-0 (Helmond Sport), and 6-0 (Heralces Almelo) on their way to a visit from Shakhtar Donetesk. The KNVB Cup game against Helmond Sport could be put down to them having (2) players ejected by 81’, an easy way to give up (6) goals, but Heracles Almelo was just a straight beating. It wasn’t all great as more injured players crowded into PSV’s state of the art medical facilities. Antônio Carlos and Danilo Boldewijn would be joined by Boudewijn Dembélé, out 2-4 weeks with a pulled calf, dealing a serious blow to van Bommel’s defensive depth. A looming international break and drawing Willem II in the second round of the KNVB Cup might be the break PSV needs, but if players keep getting injured like this it won’t matter.

Champions League (H) : PSV 3 - Shakhtar Donetsk 0


After easily disposing of Young Boys in the first game Shakhtar Donetsk would be more than ready for the trip to Eindhoven. Both teams are currently undefeated in league play and the summer purchase of André Onana from Ajax would put a familiar face in goal, at least one player from Shakhtar would have experience in the Philips Stadion.

The visitors started off on the wrong foot and attempted to get back on track by incessantly fouling PSV. It’s surprising that nobody was sent off and Shakhtar’s players weren’t booked more often, van Bommel was summoned from the bench a number of times to protest a few of the more aggressive fouls to no avail. In fact van Bommel may have been using the fouls as an excuse to vent as Bruno Henrique put on an absolutely brutal performance. After Antonio Marin scored on a much deserved penalty at 33’ the game turned into a comedy of errors and frustration for Bruno Henrique. The left winger would have little trouble beating his defenders, with all of the attention across the field with Marin and Ivanildo Wennemars he seemed to have the field to himself. Bruno Henrique cut inside from the wing again and again to find a lane toward the penalty spot only to send the ball sailing into the stands. At one point the entire bench could be seen hanging their heads, it even got to a point where it seemed like Shakhtar was relying on this. The defense stayed wider to prevent Philippe Wiltord from getting the ball in space and crossing to Marin, and it worked really well.

The second half started nearly the same way, at least PSV were up 1-0, but things finally went Bruno Henrique’s way at 60’ when he put one on target and beat Onana. The 2-0 scoreline seemed to crush the visitors and they transitioned into damage control, but it didn’t work all that well. Bruno Henrique did something he hadn’t done all game at 78’, getting the ball out wide he looked to cut inside before looking up to see Marin heading toward the far post and served up a great ball that Marin headed in for a 3-0 lead. That would do it for the game, a better than expected win combined with Borussia Dortmund drawing 1-1 with Young Boys would put PSV in 1st with a good goal differential.
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OohAhCantona's avatar Group OohAhCantona 2019-05-18 03:11
00 111 posts 11 likes joined Sep 20, 2018

OCTOBER : CAN ANYONE STAY HEALTHY?!

PSV headed into a much needed international break after an easy 4-0 win over FC Twente and needed every second of down time to recover. Normally international play would represent a drain on the roster but so many key players are injured they would stay in Eindhoven for medical treatment. Antônio Carlos and Boudewijn Dembélé would be left out of the Dutch squad due to injury and van Bommel would do anything to get them back as quickly as possible. Valentyn Alimov, an emergency option when the season started, has been getting a lot of playing time with all the injuries on defense and has held his own but really needs to be at Jong PSV or coming off the bench. There is also the crisis at CB that Dembélé could help fix, van Bommel is literally moving the few true defensive midfielders they have to CB to prepare for the worst.

While it doesn’t help the team immediately, which set fans and the media to questioning Toon Gerbrands spending habits, PSV landed a few more very promising prospects at some rather high prices. Two of the purchases (Zico and Makis Bollos) have been on PSV’s radar but they held out and their asking prices shot up.

October Transfer List (Impact Signings)
Mauricio Torrico (CM, Sport Boys Warnes - Bolivia) £250,000
Zico (DM, Santos - Brazil) £7M
Makis Bollos (ST, GSS Panionios - Greece) £7M

Spending a total of £14M on two prospects drew the ire of fans as PSV didn’t sign anyone to the senior squad. The slew of injuries is making that decision look very bad right now, but Gerbrands and van Bommel has stood firm on their approach to Phase II.

Champions League (A) : Young Boys 0 - PSV 7


A trip to Bern would be PSV’s reward after a comfortable 2-0 win over Willem II in the KNVB Cup, with the best part being the full return of Antônio Carlos and Dembélé. The two would be ready for Willem II, but van Bommel decided that the Champions League would be a better time to reinstall Antônio Carlos in the starting lineup. As things turned out, it probably wasn’t totally necessary to bring him back for this game but he needs to build his match fitness and van Bommel needs to get his regular rotation back in order.

It only took 9’ for this game to turn into a personal nightmare for Young Boys’ keeper David Von Ballmoos after Bruno Henrique took a through ball from Pelayo Morilla and scored. It wasn’t totally Ballmoos’ fault, the rest of the team registered some truly awful ratings with only three players staying above 6.0 on the day. André Almeida (4.2) had one of the worst games of his career as the left side of PSV’s team ate him alive, and he didn’t do much to help Ballmoos staunch the bleeding. Ballmoos faced (17) shots on target and let in (7) of them, not a ratio anyone would be happy about.

PSV scored in so many different ways and just kept it up that Young Boys didn’t seem to know what to do. The fact that (6) different players scored made the win even more impressive, the only position that didn’t score was the deep lying central midfield. To be fair, Ryan Gravenberch handles corners so it would be harder for him to join in on the scoring. The win would give PSV a really great gol differential and push them to 1st in Group E on (7) points with BVB trailing behind them.


EREDIVISIE RETURN IS MARRED BY MORE INJURIES

After the blowout win in the Champions League PSV went right back to ripping apart the Eredivisie, but in keeping with the theme of this season more players were injured or suspended. Back-to-back home games would result in two 4-0 wins over ADO Den Haag and FC Eindhoven in the Lichtstad Derby, and each game would deal a blow to the roster.

In a series of events that should show that the Football Gods are cruel Wim Havekotte would sprain his ankle ligaments prior to the ADO Den Haag game and be ruled out for about (3) weeks. Valentyn Alimov would still be relied upon to start at LB, but that quickly changed when he was injured during the game and ruled out for (3) weeks as well with a pulled hamstring. This would bring Eric van de Brink and Willem van den Bleecker up from Jong PSV and the U-19 squad to fill in as emergency emergency options. At least PSV would get Dembélé and Boldewijn back together in the middle of the back line, at this point any healthy player is more than welcome.

The revitalized Lichtstad Derby, with FC Eindhoven earning promotion last year, would mark an infuriating milestone with the first red card of the season. Just 9’ into the game, after scoring a goal himself, Pelayo Morilla would be tossed for a brutal slide tackle from behind. The booking was well deserved along with the lecture he got on his way off the field, van Bommel was more than displeased by the nature of his ejection. Ultimately it didn’t matter as PSV’s 4-2-3 continued to prove its effectiveness on the way to a 4-0 victory.
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