July/August - Busy Bodies
Basel 2-2 PSV | Champions League 2nd Qualifier | Dumfries, Malen
Ajax 5-0 PSV | Johan Cruijff Schaal | N/A
PSV 3-0 Basel | Champions League 2nd Qualifier | Rosario, Lammers, Hendrix
Groningen 0-1 PSV | Eredivisie | Lammers
PSV 1-2 Basaksehir | Champions League 3rd Qualifier | Lammers
PSV 1-0 Utrecht | Eredivisie | Dumfries
Basaksehir 2-3a PSV | Champions League 3rd Qualifier | Lammers, Silva x2
PSV 3-0 PEC Zwolle | Eredivisie | Kutucu, Lammers, Silva
PSV 2-0 Club Brugge | Champions League Best Placed Playoff | Rodriguez, Dumfries
PSV 4-0 AZ Alkmaar | Eredivisie | Malen x2, lammers, Rodriguez
Club Brugge 4-1 PSV | Champions League Best Placed Playoff | Kutucu
Willem II 0-2 PSV | Eredivisie | Silva x2, Lammers, Viergever
It's been a rough and tumble start for Arjen Robben and the lads at PSV. After jumping straight into a Champions league qualifier in which they drew 2-2, it was onto a cup final against biggest rivals Ajax only 3 days later. Talk about pressure.
Ajax hadn't won the shield since 2013, a 6 year barren spell in the competition. Though PSV were last years runner ups to Feyenoord meaning both sides had a score settle. Ajax were clear favourites and they held nothing back in showing why, ruthlessly destroying Eindhoven 5-0.
It took 45 minutes for Quincy Promes to score the opener and at half time PSV were by no means out of the game having had a lot of the ball in the first half and creating some good chances. It seemed though that the one goal would be enough for the flood gates to open completely.
Within 15 minutes Ajax had scored 4 more goals, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar rounding a superb performance off with a fantastic header from inside the 6 yard box. De Godenzonen had won it in their own back yard.
Back to the Champions League, it was all to play for with the tie level. PSV did however have an away goal advantage but after the last game they'll be taking nothing for granted. It was a performance that of which we were expecting from a team managed by an attacking player as good as Robben was.
Jorrit Hendrix scored his first goal of the season before Rosario followed it up a few minutes later with a close range shot at the keepers bottom left corner. Sam Lammers headed in the third goal, perfecting what would be Arjen's first win with PSV, and what a win too.
The season opener proved to be very much less exciting than the last 3 game with just the one goal between the two sides. It didn't take long for Sam Lammers to break the dead lock for PSV, just 25 minutes and all. Wheeling away in celebration Sam shared a hug with his new manager and a solid second half defensive performance gave Boeren their first 3 for the league season.
Going into the Champions League 3rd Qualifying round on a high it would be a shock to many to see PSV go down to a hard working Basaksehir side at the Phillip Stadion. It was Martin Skrtel of all people who headed in the Turkish sides winner. Donyell Marlen missed a late penalty which would have the clubs level going into the second game.
A second game in which we watched PSV run out as winners! We expected nothing less in the last game and somehow they fell short of the mark. It was by no means the best performance in the second leg but a 3-2 win would have them in the Best Placed Playoffs against Brugge in a weeks time. Fabio Silva was the hero in this one scoring 2 very late goals to put the Dutchmen through.
From here on, it was to be a FOUR match win streak. It looks like there's already no stopping Robben's men in the league. With wins against Utrecht and Zwolle, they had all the foundations ready to put in another sublime performance against Belgian outfit Club Brugge, and that they did. It was both the full backs who got the goals in this one as Brugge struggled to even get off a shot at goal. A thoroughly brilliant result here had them all but into the group stage.
AZ Almaar are often a Dutch side nearer the top of the league than anywhere else so it may come as a surprise to hear of their pasting to PSV. A whopping 4-0 away from home left Arne Slot's men feeling blue, and now Eindhoven were beginning to snow ball the results.
Then came pain and despair for the team. Playing against Brugge in the second leg, it was expected they'd win. Especially after keeping them from barely entering their final third in the last game. Brugge took the lead a little time before new signing Kutucu equalised and with that, it would be 3-1 on aggregate with the away goal.
Straight after, 2-1 Brugge. Disaster had struck, just one more goal would be enough to get Brugge back into the tie and go for the all important winner which they did. Bonaventure doubled his tally on the chime of 68 minutes and suddenly things had gone from bad to worse for PSV.
Mats Rits right at the end of the game left the away end in total shock scoring what would be the final game of a thrilling 4-3 tie. The home fans erupted, Club Brugge were in the Champions League again! PSV, would be on the way to Thursday night football.
In the wake of a busy and somewhat disheartening month - Eindhoven were able to end the month on a high beating Willem 4-0 which made for 8 goals in 2 games in the league. Funnily enough despite their considerable effort to be awful at defending in Europe, PSV hadn't conceded a single goal in the league after 5 games.
So one positive to take from all this, they go into September top of the league. Albeit on Goal Difference.
Now since we're well underway this year, it wouldn't be right to not take a look at who PSV have decided to bring in this Summer. Firstly, you've all guessed it already. Fabio Silva for a club record of around 16M. 7.5M paid up front with addons to be decided in the future dependant on appearances and goals.
Fabio has put in a brilliant effort to begin with scoring a couple of important Champions League goals, and netting 3 in his first 2 Eredivisie matches. Having only just turned 17 this month it's likely we'll see this young striker blossom into something special in the future.
The second signing, another striker. Ahmed Kutucu from Schalke 04. Another brilliant young striker to add to the list, PSV are absolutely stacked in this area now with lammers, Malen and Silva already competing for places. It's look like this team will be heavily attack minded. No surprise either.
Last but most certainly not least, David Vinhas. A young 16 year old centre back also from Porto just like Silva. Looks like he'll be coming in to help out with the slim numbers at centre back. Keep an eye on this one, could be very special in a few years time.
PSV have been looking fantastic in the league so far but falling short in the Champions League will certainly knock the confidence of fans in Robben. It's too early to tell really if things will be a success under the former Bayern Munich winger but we think so far things are looking relatively good.
It's likely that PSV will do much better in the Europa League than the Champions League so I think that's something for fans to look forward to. Other than that, I think you can expect to see a very competitive season at the top this year for Eindhoven.
One player imparticular that will be very important along the way is Donyell Marlen. He's been brilliant so far.