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Guus Hiddink: "This is a great start" (PSV.nl)

14 sep 2005 - Source: PSV.nl

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Guus Hiddink announced at the post-match press conference that he was delighted with the 1-0 win over FC Schalke 04. Schalke 04 coach Ralf Rangnick thought PSV had shown more aggression than his own side.A fine tactical display"I am obviously pleased with the result. We have had worse starts in our Champions League campaigns", said Hiddink. "Although we have had to bring about changes in the starting line-up, the team put up a fine tactical display and we were well-organized in defence. We faced more problems in the second period, but we did not give away too many chances. Schalke did pile up the pressure, but they earned only two chances. There was a header and Gomes saved well on one occasion. We have been working hard and we succeeded in starting some dangerous counter attacks in the final seven, eight minutes. So summarizing, we did well before the break against a team with physical and tactical strength, but we were put under pressure after the break. But it is wonderful to start the Champions League in this way. And I would like to compliment my players for their tactical discipline. This is a great start." Phillip CocuHiddink explained that captain Phillip Cocu was taken off, as he was facing a knee problem. "He always shows passion and spirit; I don’t think his injury is serious. But it may be a good idea to rest him the next game. Gomes has some groin problems." Ralf RangnickSchalke 04 coach Ralf Rangnick announced that 'he was obviously very disappointed'. "We did not create enough chances in the first period. We had more possession after the break and we were the better side, but it was not enough. PSV displayed more aggression than we did. PSVhave lost a few good players, but they have signed some experienced new players who know their way about in the world of football."