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Cocu: "We will enjoy home advantage" (PSV.nl)

30 okt 2006 - Source: PSV.nl

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Ronald Koeman as well as Phillip Cocu indicated at the pre-match post conference that PSV - Galatasaray will be a different game to the encounter in Istanbul. "It's always an advantage to play at home, where the crowd will be in support of us." "The home team mostly has significant advantage over the visitors", claimed PSV head coach Ronald Koeman in the Philips Stadium on Monday night. "Galatasaray play high-tempo games, when they enjoy the support of the home crowd and can rise to the occasion. I will show my players a video recording of the first few minutes of the game we played in Istanbul. Galatasaray will field some quality strikers, who can give us a tough time. We might even slip to defeat, once they get going. But they also alternate high effort nights with low. Tomorrow night we will enjoy home advantage and then we usually manage to control the game”, explained Koeman. If PSV qualify for the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds, Koeman will have guided a team to the final sixteen for the third time in four years. "That would be great. It is important for any club to reach the knockout rounds. It is a great sportive success and also financially rewarding. As a coach and as a player you compete at the highest level. It would be wonderful to reach the next stage. But it won’t be easy and we should not take things for granted, even after we have pulled off a great result in Istanbul. This is another game."Koeman has a nearly fully-fit squad to choose from. He has dropped Michael Lamey from the squad. "Unfortunately I can only name eighteen players. We don’t want to start this game with two full backs on the bench." Phillip CocuPhillip Cocu also emphasized tomorrow night’s game will be different. "We enjoy home advantage and I suppose we will set the tone. We have been doing well in the Champions league. We are in the middle of a good run and must see to it that we continue our good run of form. We must work hard on our weak points and try to keep up the good work. We must learn how to dominate large parts of a game and be more consistent. But we have made progress and our results show an upward trend”, said Cocu.Tomorrow night’s game is sold out. Galatasaray will be supported by 1600 fans that have made the trip to Eindhoven. Galatasaray will train on the pitch in the Philips Stadium tonight starting at 18:00. Media representatives are welcome to see the players in action for.