PSV was on the verge of the eighth Europa League finals, but was eliminated by a late hit by Olympiakos. “We cannot blame ourselves,” Roger Schmidt responds to ESPN.
After the 2-1 victory over the Greek leader – seven days after the 4-2 defeat in Piraeus – the trainer has only compliments for his team. “We have done everything possible about it. We played a good game, where we fought and played good football. In the end, it is very unfortunate that they make the decisive goal in the last few minutes. It wasnt a real mistake of anyone, sometimes its just done well by the opponent.”
According to Schmidt, PSV played well, even when it had to defend a head start in the second half. “I think we did well. We had a good balance between defending and being dangerous, because with 2-0 we also had our moments through some good counters. The only thing is that maybe we should have made one of the opportunities.”
Long can PSV is in any case not concerned about the shutdown. If it wants to make any more of the season, there will be a victory against Ajax on Sunday. “But now the players are through it for a while, because we have given a lot. Our spirit and our football were very good, so we will have to continue on Sunday.”
We must not grieve,
“It was unnecessary and it hurts now, but we must not grieve for too long,” said Eran Zahavi, who made both goals for PSV. Last week, the Israeli striker in the duel was also sure twice. “Sunday we are waiting for an important game in the competition against Ajax. We have to win it.”
Captain Denzel Dumfries joined Zahavi. “Its really a shame that you give it away like this in the final phase. Tonight we can be a team sucks, but starting tomorrow, the focus should be on Sunday. Then we have to stand there again and turn on the gas. That is a crucial contest.”