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25 aug 2005 - Source:

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When asked for a first response to the Champions League draw, PSV manager Guus Hiddink announced that PSV have been drawn with some tough opponents. He called AC Milan hot favourites in group E, in which tournament debutants Schalke and Fenerbahçe will also compete. Hiddink on the opponents"Schalke 04 are of course a top side in Germany. They are a club that display themselves strongly; they have grown into a structurally strong top club. Their performances are invariably fine and so are the results they have gained of late. They have a large following and that’s a good thing. AC Milan are hot favourites in our group. They have more or else the same squad as last year, whereas we have to find out where we are, now that some key regulars have left Eindhoven. Big clubs, such as AC Milan do not have those problems. Much has changed at Fenerbahçe, one of my former clubs. They have the economic power to sign many good players. So all in all I feel we have been drawn with some tough opponents", said Hiddink at the De Herdgang training ground, straight after the draw had taken place.