Rivals to AS Monaco who finished third in the Europa League Asemists group last year, PSV Eindhoven are seeking revenge this time in the third preliminary round of the Champions League (match to follow in our annotated live stream). A Dutch team that has maintained a certain structure, but has nevertheless experienced some shocks. Second in the last Dutch championship, PSV Eindhoven had a hectic but quite interesting summer. While the departures of Mario Götze (Eintracht Frankfurt) and Roger Schmidt (Benfica) quickly took shape, the Dutch team was able to quickly replace the two Germans. Active in the transfer window, the Eindhoven-based club got their hands on Guus Til to replace the 2014 world champions. Fully revived last season at Feyenoord (21 goals and 5 offers in 49 games) after a flop in Russia at Spartak Moscow, The 24-year-old was one of the architects of the Rotterdam club’s great season, which culminated in the Europa League Conference final lost to AS Roma (1-0). On the manager’s side, it is a former home goalscorer, Ruud van Nistelrooy who was chosen. A former coach of the youth teams and former assistant to the Dutch national team, the 46-year-old Dutch football legend will be eager to succeed in his first real experience as number one.
Whatever you might think about his lack of experience in this role, he still has eight years as PSV Eindhoven and Oranje manager and felt the time was right. “I didn’t want to jump headlong into this difficult profession. It took me almost ten years to prepare and now I think I’m ready. I am proud, I played here and now I will lead PSV as head coach. But I also know that the hardest part begins and that it is not enough to have been a good player to be a good coach., he explained at the time of his appointment to the Boeren bench. Also benefiting from two other strong reinforcements, Luuk de Jong (31, Seville) in attack to replace Eran Zahavi as well as Walter Benítez (29, Nice) to provide quality in goal, he will have young shots like the debutants Xavi Simons (19 , PSG) and Ki-Jana Hoever (20, Wolverhampton) who have already taken their place in the eleven. Continuing the 4-2-3-1 system of his predecessor, Ruud van Nistelrooy is quite faithful to his playing style as a player. Offensive and seductive, these are the keywords.
very offensive style
Coming into an interesting preparation with 16 goals scored for 9 conceded, Ruud van Nistelrooy will still have to find the right balance within his squad. However, good things have been hinted at and this should give rookie Guus Til a place of choice. Last Saturday in the Dutch Super Cup against Ajax Amsterdam, PSV Eindhoven won 5-3. Author of a resounding hat-trick, the attacking midfielder knew how to be decisive and took advantage of the work of the full-backs. In the absence of Noni Madueke, it was youngster Johan Bakayoko (19) who played in the right lane while Cody Gakpo moved into left back. Two fast and restless elements that made the difference that Guus Til and Luuk de Jong knew how to take advantage of in the center. Be careful with the corridors, that’s how Monaco’s position will have to be against Boeren. After this first trophy as coach, Ruud van Nistelrooy could not contain his emotion: “Scoring five goals for Ajax is obviously a great achievement.” However, the defense where Walter Benítez and Ki-Jana Hoever joined Jordan Teze, Armando Obispo and Philipp Max will have to adjust the locks while the Joey Veerman – Ibrahim Sangaré duo continues to be a double pivot reference.
This game against AS Monaco will be another great test for the PSV Eindhoven version of Ruud van Nistelrooy, whose start is quite encouraging. Still running as ASM, this Dutch team will be a great training piece for Philippe Clément. The Belgian coach showed misgivings at a press conference: “The PSV players have shown the qualities that we know of them, a great offensive force, a great team, with experienced players. Scoring five goals on the pitch for Ajax is a great achievement. But we are determined to beat such a team.” Studying the game of his Dutch counterpart, Philippe Clement has also pointed to transitions as the main axis of danger for his team: “I don’t know him personally. I know the great player he was. He was a striker, living his first months as number 1 coach. His team has a clear attacking structure to win games. His greatest strength is transition and play on the ground. . Forewarned, AS Monaco will have to get back to their best level if they don’t want to suffer a disappointment like last year’s against Shakhtar Donetsk.
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