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Huub Stevens previews the NAC Breda game (

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With several PSV players away on World Cup duty this week, PSV coach Huub Stevens could only work with a full-strength squad on Friday. Prior to PSV's final preparations for the clash with NAC Breda, Stevens previewed the game at the weekly press briefing at De Herdgang training complex.
Dirk Marcellis debut
Huub Stevens was happy with Dirk Marcellis' debut for the Oranje. 'The Dutch team put in convincing displays and Dirk made his mark. He showed his skills, made hardly any mistakes and was clever, although he played at right back, which is an unusual position for him.' The PSV boss hopes Marcellis will keep up the good work. 'It should be a challenge for him to benefit from the experience when he is with PSV.'
Most players have returned from international duty and will train at De Herdgang, behind closed doors, to prepare for Saturday's game away NAC Breda. 'Salcido, Méndez and Culina have not returned yet, but they are set to join their team mates for the Friday afternoon training session. We have a full-strength squad to select from and as far as I know none of the players collected injuries on international duty. Bas Roorda is the only player who is sidelined with an injury.' Stevens has a full-strength squad at his disposal, but does not consider it a luxury problem. 'It's true I have no selection worries, but there should be fierce competition for first-team places at PSV.'
NAC Breda
PSV have only one day to prepare for Saturday's game in Breda. Stevens admitted that many of his players, who have been away on international duty, do not have sufficient time to prepare for the NAC Breda game. 'We can't do anything about it. We can only hope they have come through unscathed. We have decided to train behind closed doors, so we can prepare the team for tomorrow night's game at our ease.' NAC Breda, who finished last season in third place, are currently sitting third again and will provide formidable opposition, realises Stevens. 'NAC had a great 2007/08 campaign. They have no suspension and injury problems and can field an unchanged side. We must stick to our own style of play. NAC will be highly motivated when they lock horns with the defending champions.'
Stevens does not take statistics too seriously, but he is fully aware that NAC Breda have gained a good reputation at home. PSV will face a tall task, after they managed to win only one of their previous eleven games in Breda. NAC Breda v PSV kicks off at 7.45pm at the Rat Verlegh Stadium.