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PSV take on Ajax at the Amsterdam ArenA on Sunday afternoon. At the weekly press briefing on Friday afternoon, PSV coach Huub Stevens previewed Sunday's vital game and briefly reviewed his side's 1-0 cup defeat at AZ. 'The players reacted positively on the pitch on Wednesday' said Stevens on Friday.
Afellay is a major doubt
The PSV coach briefly reviewed Wednesday's cup tie with AZ. 'We were always in control and created a few chances, but lacked cutting edge up front. We were not pleased with the result, but we will take the positives from every game. The players reacted positively on the pitch. We provided tough opposition against AZ and left Alkmaar with our heads held high.' Some PSV players did not come through the cup encounter unscathed. Jan Kromkamp sustained an injury and will resume training in a few days' time and Ibrahim Afellay was on the treatment table, when his colleagues continued preparations for the Ajax game on Friday morning. 'He has picked up a knock to his ankle on Wednesday. He is not likely to be fit for Sunday, but we will also train tomorrow and we'll just have to wait and see if he resumes training with us.' Otman Bakkal and Jérémie Bréchet will face fitness tests on Saturday, ahead of Sunday's clash with Ajax.
'Keep our composure'
PSV meet Ajax at the Amsterdam ArenA on Sunday afternoon, with a 12:30 kick off. The Amsterdam outfit did not score in any of their four previous home games against PSV. 'We're having a poor spell but try to return to winning ways as soon as possible. We should not look up at Ajax, but only look at ourselves. We are keen to get a result and get our season back on track.' The PSV boss refuses to press the panic button. 'We will always keep our composure. I don't think the pressure is on us, although I realise that if we lose, the gap with leaders Ajax will be seven points.' Ajax suffer a severe Klaas-Jan Huntelaar injury blow. The Ajax captain has suffered a torn ankle tendon and will be out for six weeks. 'He is the kind of player you want in your own team. Yet we will face another tall task when we meet Ajax in a vital game.' Stevens showed his discontent with the selection of striker Danny Koevermans to the Holland B squad. 'I'm ever so pleased', said Stevens rather cynically. 'It's unbelievable. We face a hectic fixture list. It's not a coincidence we slipped to defeat four times against opponents who were sharper and fitter."