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Koeman names a provisional twenty-man squad (PSV.nl)

5 okt 2007 - Source: PSV.nl

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PSV head coach Ronald Koeman has named a twenty-man squad for Saturday's domestic league clash with Willem II at the Philips Stadium. Koeman has added Mike Zonneveld and Dirk Marcellis to the eighteen-man squad he had called up for the UEFA Champions League tie with Internazionale in Milan. Méndez and Van der Leegte are doubtful for tomorrow night's game.

Left back Mike Zonneveld and Dirk Marcellis return from suspension, but as Edison Méndez (ankle) and Tommie van der Leegte (foot) are doubtful for tomorrow night's game, Koeman had added two players to his provisional squad. 'We play at home, so we must win. And the same goes for the match against VVV-Venlo in two weeks. It is our duty to entertain and satisfy the home crowd. I know that Willem II are having a poor season, but we will not take the match lightly, as we will never ease to victory just like that', explained Koeman at the weekly press briefing on Friday afternoon.
Koeman felt dejected after as many as four Dutch clubs crashed out of the UEFA Cup on a dismal Thursday night. 'We have come down to earth in Holland. I think FC Groningen as well as FC Twente gave their all and performed in accordance with expectations, but I had never thought Ajax and sc Heerenveen would crash to defeat. It is a shame.'
Koeman briefly reviewed PSV's performance in Milan on Tuesday night. 'We rather sloppily conceded a penalty and it is hard to describe their second goal. Let's put it like this: we were unlucky. When we were two goals down, we knew we would face an uphill task and things became worse, when Addo failed to score from close range soon after the break.'
PSV play a friendly against Belgian First Division side KV Mechelen on Thursday, before they play host to VVV-Venlo on 20 October. Next weekend no fixtures are scheduled as the Dutch national team play a Euro 2008 qualifying game Slovenia.