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Hiddink: "We must take the initiative" (

9 mrt 2005 - Source:

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During the customary pre-match press conference in Stade Luis II, PSV head coach Guus Hiddink explained that his side will have to take lots of initiatives on Wednesday night and display a spirited and passionate performance. "I think we have a fine opportunity to progress to the next stage."Hiddink felt that reaching the UEFA Champions League quarter finals would be the crowning glory of all the hard work."We have a fair point of departure, but we must be careful not to take it easy. But I know my players won’t take that attitude; in fact they are so eager to play this game. AS Monaco have an excellent home record to boast of, so we cannot just sit back", said Hiddink in the press room in the Stade Luis II. "We won't be defending all the time, that’s not in our nature", Hiddink continued. "We want to take the initiative as much as possible. We cannot surge players forward just like that, but we will try and cause them a lot of problems."The PSV head coach added that PSV's match with FC Groningen being called off on Saturday was an advantage. "I think it is surely an advantage as that game could very well have caused us some physical problems. Some lads are still suffering from knocks they have earlier picked up, like Phillip Cocu."Hiddink attached little importance to the fact that AS Monaco have not succeeded in winning their last four games. "These are special games. The Champions league is a competition in its own."Ernesto Javier Chevanton, who was sidelined during the first leg, has recovered from an ankle injury. Hiddink thought the Uruguayan striker, when fielded, will considerably strengthen Didier Deschamps' side.