AZ reinstates after victory on PSV: ‘In these matches you have to show it’

His world goal is undoubtedly going over the world. Teun Koopmeiners remained sober after the winner at PSV (1-3). In his view, the three points were of greater importance than the magnificent chopping ball with which he scored PSV goalkeeper Yvon Mvogo.

โ€œ You want to continue last seasons line, you want to hook up with the top places. Then you have to show it in this competitionโ€, says the captain of the Alkmaarders after the important victory.

Watch interviews with Teun Koopmeiners, Calvin Stengs and trainer Pascal Jansen:

AZ came loose against PSV after half an hour. Koopmeiners used a penalty kick and a little later was very attentive to a corner kick by Jesper Karlsson. โ€œHe invaded nicelyโ€, smiled Koopmeiners. โ€œYou should be a little lucky.โ€

The Alkmaarders were the boss in Eindhoven after the 1-0, but lost their grip on the duel in the second half. PSV insisted, without creating great opportunities. Koopmeiners: โ€œThis group has a lot of bravado. Toppers are races in themselves, but I had hoped that our third hit would fall sooner.โ€

Trainer Pascal Jansen joined his captain. โ€œAfter the 1-2 of PSV, there might be some fear in the team. Fortunately, we stayed uprightโ€, the successor of Arne Slot indicated.

Crucial?

AZ often lost a big lead at the start of the competition in the first matches and last weekend at PEC Zwolle (1-1) the team also largely failed.

โ€œ If we wanted something else, we should get a result here,โ€ says Jansen. โ€œCalling victory crucial goes very far. In the second half we were in the oppression, but we did not give away many opportunities either.โ€

Watch interviews with Denzel Dumfries, Marco van Ginkel and trainer Roger Schmidt:

At PSV the jubilee vote after the strong performance in Amsterdam, last Sunday, against Ajax (2-2) had disappeared. Captain Denzel Dumfries missed the energy his team had in Amsterdam. โ€œAn offday on our part,โ€ the defender noted. โ€œWe did not have enough energy.โ€

According to Dumfries, PSV won no duel in the second part of the first half against AZ and no second ball was picked up. โ€œIt is too short to say that this race follows too fast on Ajax. We knew we would play two top players in a row, but you cant give a match like that.โ€

Decay too large

Dumfries thought the decay was too big at PSV. โ€œHow is it possible that we start so limp. The penalty kick was the tipping moment. In the second half we had a lot of the ball, we insisted. We got to the penalty area, but AZ kept it tight. A justified defeat,โ€ he concluded.

Trainer Roger Schmidt thought his team started the duel well, but PSV didnt have the patience against a well-organized opponent. โ€œOn the way to a good opportunity, you should not collect goals. The will was there, but we could create little.โ€

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