Schmidt was unable to have Ibrahim Sangaré available on Saturday evening. The midfielder has returned from Ivory Coast’s World Cup qualifier against Cameroon with a groin injury. The PSV coach expects that he will have to miss his player for two weeks. That is a hard blow for the people of Eindhoven, because important weeks are approaching for PSV. Cody Gakpo did start at the kick-off. The attacker appeared to have recovered in time from an injury he sustained last Saturday in the Dutch national team’s game against Montenegro.
Goalkeeper Vindahl Jensen made his debut at AZ. The 23-year-old Dane was taken over from FC Nordsjaelland.
After just four minutes Phillip Max created the first danger in Alkmaar. The AZ goalie showed that he was well awake and defused the German’s pass. A few minutes later, it was the home side that was close to the opening goal. Jordy Clasie played to Zakaria Aboukhlal with a wonderful pass, who in turn wanted to pass the ball to Vangelis Pavlidis. However, the Greek just couldn’t get to the ball.
After ten minutes of play, the Eindhoven team took the lead thanks to a world goal from Oscar Boscagli. The PSV midfielder blasted the ball hard from a distance behind the AZ goalkeeper.
It was very close to PSV not being able to enjoy the lead for long. AZ kept pushing more and more in the lively first half and it was Jesper Karlsson who was able to bring his team alongside. The Swede escaped the Eindhoven defense and went after PSV goalkeeper Joël Drommel. However, he pushed the ball wide and so the Eindhoven team went to the dressing room with a lead.
AZ went on the hunt for the equalizer in the second half, but PSV defended strongly and gave very little away. The Alkmaarders had a lot of ball possession, but created few chances. Just like in the first half, it was PSV that scored despite the lesser possession. Yorbe Vertessen rushed past Bruno Martins Indi and scored the ball flawlessly: 0-2. Ritsu Doan eventually took care of the final score with a nice goal: 0-3.
PSV can now prepare for Thursday’s game against Real Sociedad in the Europa League. Next Sunday, the clash with Feyenoord is scheduled in-house.
AZ will play for the Conference League next Thursday at Randers FC.
Trainer Schmidt happy with efficient PSV
Schmidt is very satisfied with the victory of his PSV. “Because AZ still has a good team, even though some important players have left,” he said. “You saw that too, because we had to work hard for it.”
“We were under quite a bit of pressure at times,” said Schmidt at ESPN. “But we are much more efficient this season than last year. Even now one goal was even better than the other.”
Trainer Jansen sees AZ getting a lesson in effectiveness
AZ still needs some time. That was the conclusion of trainer Pascal Jansen after the defeat. “There was a lot of quality on the field at PSV”, he analyzed for the camera of ESPN. “We still have a few players on the way.”
Jansen is building a new team in Alkmaar after the departure of Marco Bizot, Calvin Stengs, Myron Boadu, Teun Koopmeiners and Jonas Svensson. “We already played better than in the first two league games,” he said. “But we’re not there yet. It has to get better, hopefully soon.”
“We offered PSV a good match,” said Jansen. “They have had a hard time with us. But we have also learned a lesson in effectiveness. That 0-3 might give a bit of a distorted picture. But they will finish the chances.”
Source: De Telegraaf by www.telegraaf.nl.
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