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PSV head coach Ronald Koeman announced that the Champions League group stage draw could have been worse. ""It’s a fair draw. I think we have a chance of progressing to the next round.""Moderately optimistic"PSV have been drawn against Liverpool, Bordeaux and Galatasaray. "I am moderately optimistic", said Ronald Koeman, after watching the draw. ”I don’t think there is much difference between the clubs. Liverpool are a strong side and I think they are favourites. When I was in charge of Benfica last season, we beat them, so they will probably respect us. All the other teams stand a chance of finishing second in our group. But that holds good for any Champions League competitor, in their group. We face a tough game, away in Turkey. PSV know all about that, after what took place last year. Erik Gerets is in charge there, which is very nice. Bordeaux play football the French way. They are physically strong, have pace and their players are technically skilled. And Liverpool are a quality side. It is a tough draw, but things could have been worse. I think watching all those groups, the Champions League is a wonderful tournament." Phillip Cocu"It is not an easy group", says captain Phillip Cocu. "We will face tough competition during the away games in particular. All the teams in our group have gained a strong home reputation. Liverpool are formidable opponents; I know some of their players personally. I don’t know Bordeaux that well, but I do know they have been making considerable progress the past few years. Galatasaray are a tough side as well. All in all, I feel things could have been worse, but it is not an easy draw. We will be given an opportunity to play some entertaining games anyway", was Cocu’s response to the draw.Michael Lamey"Liverpool are favourites; they won the tournament two years ago. PSV met Galatasaray a couple of times the past few years and we know the away game in Istanbul will be a very tough one. I don’t know too much about Bordeaux, but they compete in Champions League, which actually says it all. It’s hard to predict anything. We will meet some fine opponents and do our best to reach the group stage for the third season in a row."