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Ahead of Sunday afternoon's Eredivisie clash at VVV-Venlo, Sef Vergoossen told media representatives at the weekly pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon that he is not likely to make any changes to the side that earned a 1-0 win over Feyenoord last weekend. The new PSV manager expressed his contentment with Hungarian signing Balázs Dzsudzsák and added that Alcides has shaken off his groin problem.

Vergoossen was head coach of VVV from 1981 until 1989, and co-operated with Jan Reker, who was Technical Director in Venlo at that time. He guided VVV to fifth place in the table both 1987 and 1988. Vergoossen will return to de Koel, taking charge as coach for the 500th time in an official match. 'VVV play a compact defence, but are not a team adopting negative tactics, starting only counter attacks. They work hard and have adapted well to playing matches at the highest level football in Holland.' Vergoossen realises that there is a long standing bond of friendship between PSV and VVV-Venlo. 'The two clubs get along together very well, but that does not count any longer when the first whistle is blown on Sunday at 12:30. VVV-Venlo manager André Wetzel has soon made his mark in Venlo. His team plays disciplined football, and they earned valuable points at home against Ajax, FC Twente and Feyenoord.'
Vergoossen does not want PSV to defend deeply, when they take on VVV-Venlo. 'The players know what system we want them to play. We can only include eleven players in the starting line-up, so the fringe players must give their all at training and impress when they make appearances with the reserves.'
PSV will have Alcides available for the Eredivisie trip to face VVV-Venlo. He hurt his groin last weekend, but examination at hospital has revealed nothing serious, so he joined the squad for full training on Tuesday. Vergoossen expressed his contentment with Hungarian signing Balázs Dzsudzsák. 'He put in a convincing display against Feyenoord and we expect him to show his skills on Sunday afternoon once again.'
Vergoossen intimated in an interview with a regional TV station earlier this week that he intends to make use of the services of an interpreter on the training pitch in a bid to help solve a variety of communication problems in the squad. 'English is not a problem. My assistant Dwight Lodeweges is a native speaker and he communicates well with Lazovic, Boban Rajkovic and Dzsudzsák. Spanish and Portuguese, though, remain problematic. Gomes is helpful and puts instructions across, but he is a goalkeeper and no coach. We have to sort out how we could solve these problems. Football is actually a simple sport, but as a team sport it has its complications. When I was in Japan, an interpreter on the pitch was quite an accepted phenomenon.'