Eran Zahavi made two goals at Olympiakos, but saw that the defensive squabbles caused the return in Eindhoven next week: 4-2. However, the experienced Israeli striker (33) is purely optimistic about reaching the eighth finals of the Europa League.
Yeah, they can score whatever they want in the front of PSV. But if you defend as, for example, Timo Baumgartl, who blundered at the 3-2…,, I never blame anyone”, Zahavi said afterwards. ,, I am very experienced myself by now, but I also know that we have a young team. With some mistakes, we sometimes invited Olympiakos to press against us. But we still have a good starting position. So we stay positive and keep the energy to get through a round next week.”
Our coach is also right
Zahavi came to Eindhoven after his Chinese adventure to win prizes in Europe. But in mid-February, the battle for the title seems almost decided, PSV is out of the cup tournament and reaching the eighth finals in the Europa League (in this way) becomes a hell of a job. ,, Yes, I came to win prizes,” says Zahavi. , But our coach is also right. We have a lot of young guys on the team, who are also very good. But many of them have not yet won titles, do not have that experience. You will win titles by experiencing what it takes. We never give up. Not for the title and not to continue in the Europa League. We need to reduce todays mistakes next week. I am really convinced that we can continue.”
And thats not strange, given the predominance and opportunities that PSV could create against the leader of Greece. But bringing back the mistakes is the pain point. , “In todays football, the smallest mistakes make the biggest difference”, says Zahavi. ,, We were also unhappy today. Its not personal, were a team. Sometimes we make mistakes, but were convinced we can do better. Only that lets us go through a development.”
The way PSV defended Thursday in the away match against Olympiakos Piraeus in the Europa League, annoyed trainer Roger Schmidt. “We give away great opportunities too easily and at this level they are punished. That is unacceptable,” said the German after the defeat of 4-2 in the first meeting of the first knockout round of the Europa League.
The first hit of Olympiakos fell from a free kick. On the 3-2, Timo Baumgartl went into the wrong line, and on the fourth hit of the Greeks Philipp Max failed. PSV was football not the lesser compared to Olympiakos.
“ We have suffered an unnecessary defeat,” said Schmidt. “We have good players, but they are all guys who are not so experienced at this level yet. Defending is not just the back line. You have to do that with the whole team. Well talk to everyone about that, too. We will analyse and improve where necessary.”
Not a chance
According to the trainer PSV is not a chance to reach the eighth finals. “Were not played away. When I look at the contest image, I see possibilities. Weve scored two goals and that offers perspective for next week. I think it is still possible to continue at the expense of Olympiakos.”
PSV is missing Ibrahim Sangaré in Eindhoven next week. The Ivorian midfielder ran into a yellow card and has been suspended. Olivier Boscagli fell against Olympiakos for rest with an injury to his head. According to Schmidt, the chances are that Boscagli will be able to play in the home game against Vitesse in the Eredivisie on Sunday. The return of Cody Gakpo is probably still waiting for a while.