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Although his team had slipped to a 2-1 defeat in Madrid on Wednesday night, PSV coach Huub Stevens thought that Atl閠ico Madrid were not as strong as they had been in Eindhoven. 'We had a chance to get a good result here, but we made some silly mistakes in the first half that cost us dearly', he said at the post-match press conference.
Inspire confidence
'We showed the right attitude in the second half and I am sure we could have had a good result here, if we had not made those silly mistakes before the break. Atl閠ico were not as strong as they had been in Eindhoven and today we didn't do ourselves justice. It is hard to avoid making mistakes and we need to inspire confidence in our players', said Stevens in the Vicente Calder贸n press room. With one match remaining, PSV are dependent on other teams to achieve their aim to finish third in the group stage and thus book a place in the UEFA Cup competition. 'We will host Liverpool on Tuesday 9 December and we will attempt to get a good result against them in Eindhoven', said Stevens. In the other Group D fixture on Matchday 6, Atl閠ico Madrid will make the trip to Olympique Marseille, who have the same number of points as PSV but enjoy a better head-to-head record. Stevens was forced to substitute Ibrahim Afellay as the midfielder had sustained an ankle injury and Erik Pieters as the full left back felt ill.
'A special feeling'
Atl閠ico Madrid coach Javier Aguirre admitted it was ' a special feeling' to hear devoted fans passionately cheering on their favourite team for a couple of hours in the freezing cold. 'The avid fans have shown their emotions. They have been outside the stadium the whole night, singing songs, supporting their red and white team, as always. It certainly did not go unnoticed and the players have heard them as well.' The Mexican looked upon his team's qualification to the Champions League last 16 as 'a major step forwards'. 'We are now among the best sixteen clubs in Europe and that's what this club deserves.'