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PSV manager Guus Hiddink opened the customary pre-match press conference in the Eindhoven Philips Stadium with a preview of tomorrow night’s UEFA Champions League clash against Arsenal. He referred to the crucial group game as "as wonderful to play a big game like this” and “the atmosphere will be electric"."The game will be played before a sell-out crowd, which is ample evidence of the fact that this game is ´hot´. We can be proud of our past performances. Obviously we would be delighted if we could progress to the next phase tomorrow. It would be great to know that we would play UCL football in the spring of 2005 as well", felt Hiddink. Hiddink was not too outspoken when a reporter asked his opinion on the current form of Arsenal. " They are cool-headed and do not panic at all when they have a, relatively speaking, less good spell. They are mentally strong and know that they will always have two or three moments where they can strike. We are ambitious and are anxious to reach the next round, but we are also realistic. We are not going to wait for Henry or Reyes to explode, but we will try to hit them wherever they may be vulnerable." Press representatives referred to headline in English (quality) papers that dealt with racial abuse in Eindhoven. Hiddink was upset and called 'disgraceful'. Hiddink was in a positive frame of mind on Gerald Sibon, the stand-by striker for Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, who is out of contention after he had picked up a nasty shoulder injury. " He has been more dominant at training the past few weeks and plays now at a higher pace. He has shown the right attitude to earn a place in the starting line-up." So there is huge interest in this cup tie. 25, 100 tickets have been sold, so that the stadium will be filled to capacity. 94 journalists will cover the game and 86 photographers will take their pictures. The game will be broadcast in as many as 39 countries.