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One day ahead of PSV's UEFA Cup Round of 16 first leg against Tottenham Hotspur, head coach Sef Vergoossen remained tight-lipped on his game plan at a press conference at White Heart Lane. The PSV head coach made it emphatically clear, though, that he is not focusing on Sunday's top-of-the-table clash with Ajax yet and added that the encounter with Tottenham is the only thing that matters right now. 'We will play our game. We have not come here just to defend and play on the counter attack.'

Sef Vergoossen previewed the game at a press conference at White Heart Lane on Wednesday night, before he took charge of the final training session ahead of Thursday's game. 'We will play rather defensively, but I am not going to reveal the way we will organise our defence. However, we have not come here just to defend and are keen to score a crucial away goal. If we don't want to do that, there's no point in travelling at all.' PSV will welcome back Carlos Salcido from suspension. The 27-year-old Mexican centre defender, who recently earned his 50th cap for Mexico, missed Sunday's Eredivisie game at FC Utrecht, when PSV suffered their first defeat since Vergoossen took charge. Strikers Danny Koevermans and Danko Lazovic are doubtful for Thursday's game. 'They will only be passed fit if they come through the Wednesday training session unscathed.' Vergoossen also referred to Tottenham Hotspur as a 'club with a great tradition and history' and labeled the Spurs as 'a fine team that has the ability to play many systems.'
Jan Kromkamp also previewed Thursday's game. He has experience of English football, having played for Liverpool FC for around six months in the latter part of the 2005/06 season, but has never made an appearance at White Hart Lane in the district of Tottenham in the north of London. The full right back hopes PSV will make amends for Sunday's domestic league defeat when they take on the Spurs. 'We put in a below-par display against FC Utrecht, but we will hopefully gain confidence from a good result at White Heart Lane. We talked about what went wrong on Sunday and must admit we have learnt a valuable lesson. Which one? We have to make sure we give our all each and every game.'