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Ahead of tonight’s Champions League tie all the Dutch morning papers have published previews of the AC Milan-PSV game.Ibrahim AfellayIn AD Sportwereld Hiddink is quoted. The PSV manager says that he will carefully assess the heel problem Jefferson Farfán is fighting “We must be very cautious” is the paper’s headline. "I don’t want him to pick up a worse injury." AD Sportwereld also published a large interview with Ibrahim Afellay. ‘Nineteen-year-old Ibrahim Afellay was on the bench in San Siro only six months ago, when PSV met AC Milan. The two teams meet again tonight, but this time Afellay will play a prominent part in midfield.” The article is about the progress he has made as a first team player, the Ramadan month and his private background. RobertDe Telegraaf publishes a story on Robert on their sports pages. The Brazilian striker will be included in the starting line-up tonight: 'Robert in spotlight', is the headline of Telesport. ‘Robert de Pinho de Souzahas has all the technical skills to become the Brazilian counterpart of former PSV prolific top scorer Mateja Kezman. PSV will play a compact and solid defence. They will not lean back, though, and try to find Robert as striker up front and Beasley and Farfán as agile wingers to start counter attacks. Vennegoor of Hesselink, who serves a one-match ban, may not be missed too conspicuously, as he moves with a heavier gait.’ Guus Hiddink is also quoted. "Robert is fit and can hardly wait to start. He is not the most stylish player in our squad, but he can be a menace to any opponent.”Michael ReizigerHet Eindhovens Dagblad looks back with Michael Reiziger at the spell of the defender with AC Milan in the 1996-1997 season: Rendezvous with San Siro. 'For Michael Reiziger tonight’s game in San Siro means a rendezvous with a place where he spent just one season. Although it was not his most successful season he took great pleasure in it. Reiziger: "It is wonderful to be back in this magnificent stadium. Whether I am nervous? Oh no. I hardly ever am nervous. In fact these are the great games that you love to play. And that feeling never disappears, not even after all those years.”Het Eindhovens Dagblad concludes by saying that Hiddink needs "the perfect game" tonight.'Six crazy minutes'De Volkskrant takes the trauma with which AC Milan have not come to terms with yet as a starting point: the UCL final they lost last season. The Rossoneri gave away a 3-0 lead in no-time and subsequently suffered defeat following a penalty shoot-out. 'Six crazy minutes proved to be a lasting nightmare'. The reporter adds: “PSV may take advantage of the fact that AC Milan have not got over the hangover of the Champions League disaster yet. PSV were in mourning when they cruelly suffered a defeat in the semi finals against Milan, but a few weeks later the Italians suffered an even more severe blow following a bitter dénouement. A group of extraordinarily experienced players, several of whom had won the World Cup, men in their thirties, fathers with children, was bewildered. Cafu, Nesta, Stam, Maldini could not believe it: three goals conceded in a six-minute spell."