AZ experiences poor Champions League general, PSV shows two faces

AZ lives with a fragile self-confidence towards the Champions League confrontation with Czech Viktoria Plzen next Wednesday.

The moderately playing Alkmaarders came in a specially inserted practice game with the stiff Telstar, last season’s number ten in the first division, despite the many ball possession not further than 1-1.

 

Benaissa Benamar had led the White Lions in the fortieth minute with a header, with the AZ-defense not looking good.

AZ played with many familiar names on the pitch the match that was hastily organized because a practice match against Fortuna Sittard was cancelled: the Limburgers had to deal with a positive corona fall.

Calvin Stengs was still missing from the Alkmaarders due to a muscle injury and also misses the match against Viktoria Plzen, the number two of last year’s Czech Republic.

Moderate exercise campaign

AZ’s practice campaign went very mediocre with defeats against FC Utrecht, PEC Zwolle and AS Monaco. Coach Arne Slot’s team did win a game with Lille (2-1).

PSV played a 1-1 draw against Willem II in Tilburg. Donyell Malen set the Eindhovenmers 0-1 in the first half and Evangelos Pavlidis drew in the final quarter.

The combination football intended by PSV trainer Roger Schmidt was performed by the PSV players to their heart’s content before halftime. After seventeen minutes the Malen hit also came from a fast attack by Jorrit Hendrix, Sam Lammers and with Cody Gakpo as the handler.

In the second half, however, little remained of PSV’s adventurous football, partly due to the many changes Schmidt had made.

Blunder Obispo

Willem II got more chances and Pavlidis mercilessly punished a defensive gaffe of Armando Obispo, who was allowed to invade after rest: the Greek then passed the falling Jeroen Zoet with a marker.

At PSV Noni Madueke, Bruma, Nick Viergever, Maxi Romero and Ritsu Doan were absent because of a (slight) injury.

PSV will play another practice game on Saturday. Then it’s the German Eintracht Frankfurt’s opponent.