At the press conference of PSV trainer Roger Schmidt in the run-up to the premier league game with FC Emmen, little was said about the opponent. They did talk about Sam Lammers, Eran Zahavi and Érick Gutiérrez.
The latter was operated on his ankle this week and Schmidt thinks he will miss the Mexican midfielder for three months.
Most of the questions in the Chamber were about Zahavi. The 33-year-old Israeli striker of the Chinese Guangzhou R&F is the intended successor to Sam Lammers, who is on her way to Atalanta Bergamo.
“I know him from China, he was one of the best there”, Schmidt said. “If you can score there, you can do it in the Netherlands. We need reinforcements, that is clear. And goals through the loss of Lammers.”
Expanding the selection
The German does not blame the Lammers for leaving PSV. “He was very open about Atalantas interest. I thought it was clever that his attitude was nevertheless good and that he kept the focus on PSV”
In addition to being a striker, Schmidt wants to expand the selection of PSV in several places. “We only have one left back and one right back. And if we want to play internationally, we need a third goalkeeper”
At the start of the premier league last week, PSV struggled to win 3-1 at FC Groningen. Schmidt: “We played okay, but we have to take steps. Against Emmen will be our first home match, we have to show ourselves”