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"We need a high degree of concentration" (PSV.nl)

4 nov 2005 - Source: PSV.nl

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PSV head coach Guus Hiddink is not expecting an easy ride for his team against Sparta tomorrow night, as this is a game in itself, after all 'the hectic events that took place earlier this week'."We will definitely need a high degree of concentration", he announced at the Friday press-briefing at De Herdgang training base.Concentration"We can finish the final game before a period of international duty in style, when we pull off a fine result against Sparta. Moreover we will then be able to look back at a successful first quarter of the current campaign", explained Hiddink. "But we will not only need physical fitness, we must also show a lot of mental concentration. But I’m sure the players of the squad will push one another to perform well. And the players that were ineligible for the Champions League tie against AC Milan are available again. They will be anxious to put on a great achievement." Guus Hiddink is obviously delighted with his side’s great performances. PSV are at the top of the Dutch Eredivisie as well as of the Champions League group E. "I am amazed, but also delighted with our achievements. It’s good to see where we are at the moment." 'Aissati hype'No paper or sports magazine will fail to pay attention to Ismail Aissati these days. And journalists wanted to know whether Hiddink referred to it as hype. "If it is hype, it is surely created by the media and not by us. We are certainly not going to contribute to such a hype, although it is obvious that the press pay attention to him. He has proved to be able to perform well under great pressure and there are not many players of his age that are so well-balanced in that respect. Fortunately he knows how to cope with all the attention." His peers Roy Beerens and Guy Dufour, who frequently join the first team squad for training, have not made as much progress as Aissati, according to Hiddink. "The two of them pick up things quickly. It's a good thing to have them in our squad and if they are open to learning new things, they will make much progress."International dutyAfter tomorrow night’s game PSV will have to do without a great many players that are away on international duty and some other players will be rested. Jefferson Farfán, Alex, Gomes and Timmy Simons, who will not be away to serve their country, will take a break. DaMarcus Beasley, Jason Culina, Arouna Koné, the Dutch international players and Guus Hiddink will be absent next week. Michael Reiziger will keep on training, so that he will be available next week. And ‘no silly risks will be taken’ as far as Theo Lucius is concerned.’ Hiddink: "We will see if he has made a complete recovery before the RKC Waalwijk tie."PSV squad for the match against Sparta:Goalkeepers: Gomes, Zoetebier.Defenders: Ooijer, Reiziger, Alex, Addo, Lamey.Midfielders: Simons, Cocu, Ferreyra, Culina, Afellay and Aissati.Forwards: Vennegoor of Hesselink, Koné, Beasley, Farfán and Rober