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PSV captain Timmy Simons, who turned 31 today, announced at the press conference ahead of Wednesday's Champions League Group G clash against Internazionale at the Philips Stadium that the players look sharp and are anxious to pull off a good performance and get a fair result. The game is sold out and PSV will only advance to the knockout stages, if they win and Fenerbah├že fail to beat CSKA Moscow.

PSV are assured of a place in the UEFA Cup Round of 32, and have a slender chance of progressing to the UEFA Champions League last sixteen, but will only achieve this feat, if they beat Internazionale and Fenerbah├že drop points against a depleted CSKA Moscow side, who travel without some of their stars to Istanbul. According to Timmy Simons, PSV are fresh and hungry again, after the defending champions' stunning defeat against Roda JC. 'We looked sharp in training yesterday and today as well. We are anxious to pull off a good performance and get a fair result.' The Belgian international thinks that the lesson to be learnt from Saturday's defeat is that PSV must show concentration for each and very game. 'We will go into the game tomorrow night, feeling confident we can earn a win. If we do so, we cannot blame ourselves, if we fail to qualify for the next stage.' Simons replied negatively when he was asked if PSV would not be better off in the UEFA Cup than in the Champions League. 'You will always want to perform at the highest level, so we are anxious to advance to the Champions League knockout stages.'
Coach Jan Wouters emphasized that PSV will not play an open game and concede as much space as during the Roda JC encounter. 'That was a rare incident. We know we must be well-organised when we take on Internazionale. We are familiar with their style of play. I would never refer to some of their players as 'fringe players.' Internazionale may be without some of their stars, but some other guys will fill in and they are also able to put in commanding displays at top level.'

Jan Wouters stated he would not make any dramatic changes to his team. A sellout 34, 500 crowd will watch the game at the Philips Stadium, among whom some 1150 traveling fans. The Internazionale squad train in Italy this afternoon and will arrive in Eindhoven tonight. Internazionale coach Roberto Mancini conducts his press conference at 7.15 pm, after which the Italians will inspect the pitch. PSV withdrew after lunch to prepare for Wednesday night's game. (kick-off at 8.45 pm.)