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Hiddink expects a wonderful game of football (PSV.nl)

11 feb 2005 - Source: PSV.nl

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PSV manager Guus Hiddink announced during the customary pre-match press conference that he is looking forward to seeing 'a wonderful game of football' in the Alkmaarder Hout on Saturday night. Hiddink predicted: "It won’t be a game in which the players commit a great many fouls; it will rather be an open game."Hiddink has called up a twenty-man provisional squad, in which the new Brazilian striker Robert is also included. It is a fairly large squad, as a number of players are not fully fit. "Some have caught a cold or are not feeling too well." One of those players is Johann Vogel, who, according to Hiddink returned from international duty for Switzerland "with some minor complaints". The American international DaMarcus Beasley had not joined his team mates this morning yet; he will return to Holland later this day. "This has happened before. The USA played Trinidad and Tobago; their flight was delayed and that’s why he missed his Miami connection. We'll have to find out tomorrow how he has dealt with his jetlag", explained Hiddink. Michael Lamey is ruled out for tomorrow night's game, as he is ill.Result not decisiveWilfred Bouma withdrew from the squad of the Dutch team earlier this week, but Hiddink feels the defender has been able to train pretty well again. Phillip Cocu is also set to start. "I'm sure we’ll see a wonderful game of football tomorrow night; these are the kind of games I am looking forward to. The result is not of overriding importance, though, at this stage of the 2004-2005 campaign. Whatever the outcome, there won’t be a genuine gap between the top teams yet." Hiddink told the representatives of the media that 'the reigning powers' will meet ‘the onrushing powers'. He emphasized and admitted that PSV have not been able to practice tactical issues properly, as a great many players were away on international duty this week. "All we can do is hope they have come through their games unscathed and that the physical exertions haven’t taken their toll."Hiddink was familiar with the attacking style of football that AZ are eager to play. "They are known for their attacking style football and hope to score the opening goal in the initial stages. I don’t think they will change their match plan. We all know that their full backs race along the line quite frequently, so our wingers are facing the challenge of marking them well to prevent them from creating dangerous moments." Hiddink did not reveal whether Robert would make an appearance. "He is getting used more and more to our way of training. At first he wore the wrong kind of shoes so that he was troubled by a lot of blisters and, obviously, we have to inform him on our attacking moves. We’ll decide tomorrow whether he’ll be included in the squad."The provisional PSV squad for the league clash against AZ:Goalkeepers: Gomes, ZoetebierDefenders: Addo, Alex, Bøgelund, Bouma, Lee, OoijerMidfielders: Van Bommel, Cocu, De Jong, Lucius, Van der Schaaf, Vogel.Forwards: Beasley, Farfán, Park, Robert, Sibon, Vennegoor of Hesselink