Doing really well as usual, dominating home and abroad.
OCTOBER : ROSTER CONTROVERSY!
Champions League (A) : Juventus 0 - PSV 3
The Allianz Stadium would be pack with stripes, numerous jokes have been made over the previous weeks about Juventus’ home kit and PSV’s new third kit, much to everyone’s dismay they didn’t even bring their third kit. After a 5-1 win over FC Groningen in the league and an 8-0 beating of KVV Quick ‘20 in the second round of the KNVB Cup everyone would turn their attention to Turin. This game would also be the focal point of a now fully formed roster controversy with fans clamoring for Wim de Boom to be the first choice CAM. Local fans and media would continue pushing for the Dutch de Boom to move back to the first team and bump Garrinchinha back to the second squad, but Garrinchinha has looked like the better player while avoiding injuries.
“Garrinchinha is going to keep playing” responded van Bommel, with an aura of exhaustion on the subject “he’s playing well and de Boom hasn’t shown me that he should be in the first team yet. I don’t care where my players are born, Dutch or Brazilian doesn’t matter to me, only on the field.”
While this game looked to be in Juventus’ favor on paper they would have a first year coach in Igor Stimac with little big club experience. After a spell at West Ham he floated around football for a bit, including a spell as Croatia manager, until he took over at Benfica for a year and then moved to Juventus. Mark van Bommel definitely has the advantage of consistency, and PSV have shown that can be enough to fell giants.
It didn’t take long for this game to become a continental stage for what looks to be Maximiliano Romero taking his career to another level. Just 16’ in Garrinchinha played a deft through ball that threaded four Juventus players to find Romero between the central defenders who quickly fired it past Wojciech Szczesny for his first goal of the game. Romero came in with (12) goals in (9) appearances so far and wouldn’t stop with his 13th of the season. Juventus struggled to take control of the game as Garrinchinha and Romero took over the middle of the field, Garrinchinha would finish with (4) key passes and a solid 8.1 rating. Romero would make it 2-0 at 25’ and Stimac became visibly frustrated with his side.
Stimac wouldn't be smiling much after the game.
PSV would hold down Juventus for the rest of the game, embarrassing the hosts, and Romero would complete his hattrick late in the game to make it (15) goals in (10) games. The 3-0 victory would put PSV (3) points in 1st in the group with Juventus now in 2nd.
Eredivisie (A) : Feyenoord 0 - PSV 3
The win over Juventus only helped PSV’s confidence and a 5-0 win over sc Heerenveen a few days later showed they are able to keep up their high level of play game after game. Feyenoord managed to discover that the hard way when they welcomed PSV to De Kuip. After the Juventus game the CAM position was firmly in Garrinchinha’s hands with de Boom now settling into his role on the second squad. This game wouldn’t require him to have the game of his life, but he still provided the attack management van Bommel has been looking for.
Feyenoord helped keep PSV streak of shut outs going, but they didn’t make it easy on the visitors. Jack Butland needed to summon some of his heroics as Mimoun Mahi found some gaps in PSV’s defense and had two solid chances to score that were sent back by Butland.
Aside from the few chances this was a standard PSV performance with the defense crushing the opponent and allowing the offense to grind them down. A penalty at 15’ gave them the lead and they added two more over the course of the game with Johan Bastyanus scoring twice and Ryan Gravenberch adding one of his own. An odd quirk of the game seems to be Gravenberch getting more scoring opportunities than Tonny Vilhena, who added (3) key passes, the box to box midfielder role is not providing the goals most expected. This isn’t a Vilhena problem, Marco der Meyde is also having a similar issue although the season is young and things may change.