Six conclusions: the Sangaré issue, 35 million bonus is feasible

At a backward, but far from no chance: thats the tenor at PSV after his first test of strength with Benfica. After two countergoals in the first half, an absolute doom scenario was threatened, but PSV set up after rest and left the Estádio Da Luz with minimal defeat. Football Primeur appoints six points of discussion after this football Wednesday.
The Sangaré Issue Everyone agreed last season: the lack of footballing ability in the midfield — with the duo Pablo Rosario-Ibrahim Sangaré in the ashes — was PSV
s biggest manco. Now that there is only one controller left with Sangaré, that problem has been partly solved, but it remains striking how much the Ivorian is playing out of the tone. Its fine to conquer balls, but he does too many times as well. Would PSV, looking for goals in return, get so much worse with Davy Pröpper in place?
Few flavors in the striker Trainer Roger Schmidt didn
t want to go too deep into it, but it was not quite a coincidence that Benfica striker Luca Waldschmidt is linked to PSV on the morning of the game. Of course, the Portuguese press wanted to add extra sillant news around the competition, but its no secret that PSV would like to make an extra striker. Eran Zahavi did what he could against three central defenders in Lisbon, but had to be completely empty to the side just before time. Schmidt brought in Yorbe Vertessen and also had Fodé Fofana behind it: two players with talent, but not at the Champions League level.
PSV can always count on individual class Two players who can break open or tilt a game from scratch, not many teams can have it. Noni Madueke wasn
t exactly happy in his actions, but was constantly threatening. Cody Gakpo took PSV to hand shortly after rest, by taking care of the extremely important connection victim from a low probable position. Just keep enjoying these two before theyre picked up by a top club.

The first major test for PSV If the matches against the dramatic Galatasaray, the battered FC Midtjylland and the ten of Ajax were trials, Benfica-was out of an exam. For rest, PSV clearly had to get used to the level: Jorge Jesuss team could rely on his organization and the raids of captain Pizzi and breed horse Rafa Silva. However, in the second half, the guests from Eindhoven proved that they can really get along with this opponent. Whether it gets cum laude or inadequate, well see that on August 24th in Eindhoven.
Jorge Jesus Benfica
s tricks even got so much pressure that Jesus had to throw the trick box open. Twenty minutes before time, three invaders were ready at the same time and then a fourth, resulting in a minute delay. Analyst Wesley Sneijder also saw it happening in the RTL studio. That happened at a stage where PSV was dominant and printing. The trainer killed the whole game. That Benfica needed this kind of frills at all, after such a trouble-free first half, its actually a compliment for PSV.
At least 35 million at stake But compliments, the Dutch clubs have had enough over the years. If you look at the amounts played, PSV cannot afford to defeat: Placing for the Champions League provides a guaranteed starting premium of fifteen million euros, plus another twenty million in coefficient-dependent premiums and TV funds, with the Ticket sales revenues added to that. Benfica is catching and the reward will be great if PSV does.
(Hein Nooijens/soccer first)