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Koeman intended to play attacking football and his ideas soon paid dividend. 'We were in the driver seat after half an hour, when we had virtually killed off the game.' The PSV head coach explained at the post-match press conference that PSV had hoped to put pressure on the Sparta defence and take a flying start.

'We usually start well and show aggression and this afternoon was not any different. We have some players that can keep possession of the ball and choose the fitting moments for striking home. We were in the driver's seat after half an hour and cruised to a comfortable win. Our rhythm not surprisingly faltered after the break at times, as we had already put the result beyond doubt. Sparta attempted to get back in the game, but we defended well. We could have scored a few more goal from the counter attacks, but, all in all, I am content with today's win', said Koeman, who added that he was forced to take off Mike Zonneveld at half time, after the defender had sustained a calf injury.
His colleague Gert Aandewiel admitted he had gone through some embarrassing moments. 'We got off to a horrible start. We had won the toss and were allowed to kick off. Fifty seconds later they had opened the scoring', said Aandewiel, who thought a player had handled the ball deliberately before PSV started their attack. 'PSV took a dream start, although we realised that we should not concede an early goal. Zonneveld scored the second goal from a trademark free kick, but I think we did not put up the wall properly. Although we were two goals down against the defending champions, we kept on moving forward and I am proud the lads were not devastated, but fought hard to score a goal. It was a very tough game, also from a mental point of view.'