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Hiddink: "My team can be proud" (

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PSV manager Guus Hiddink paid tribute to this team at the post-match press conference. He threw around compliments fresh and in particular he referred to the commitment his team had shown in their attempts to be successful in this European campaign."It was a special game, because actually there was another tie that kept us occupied. You can think of several scenarios and they were all tricky. But ahead of the game we thought that it would be marvelous if we could wrap up things tonight. We had a bright start, but we knew Arsenal are lethal in their counter attacks. They can score a goal just like that and indeed they scored the equalizer from a good move." Hiddink said that he was kept informed about the score line in the cup tie in Norway all the time. "My team can be proud of the way they have approached all the UCL ties. Decisive was the strong drive to be successful." Hiddink started the press conference in English, lashing out at the English press who had not ceased to mention alleged racism on the Eindhoven stands. "The crowd have behaved terrifically and fully deserve a compliment for their impeccable behaviour", felt Hiddink.Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger was content with the brave fight his team had put up, when they were reduced to ten men and in the closing stages of the game even to nine men. "We have often been dangerous, but we could not kill off the game. I think we would have recorded victory after all, if we still had had eleven players on the pitch in the final stages. But PSV defended well. They were strong in the air and they managed to score from a header", was his analysis.The Frenchman was not too outspoken in his comments on the two red cards. "My players went for the ball, but we must accept the decisions taken by the referee. I do think, however, that he was too lenient for Mark van Bommel, who committed a lot of fouls, but was not punished, unlike my players."