PSV Eindhoven coach Mark van Bommel says he is looking forward to testing his team’s ‘progress’ when they play in the first round of the KNVB Beker (Dutch FA Cup) on Wednesday night.
The Eredivisie champions will face Excelsior Maassluis (who play in the semi-professional Tweede Divisie) in an early-evening kick-off.
“It’s nice to be back in action [on Wednesday],” van Bommel said at the press briefing on Tuesday afternoon. “This game is a good yardstick to see if we have been making good progress.”
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Ajax come into the clash after a convincing 3-0 win over Eredivisie title rivals Ajax last weekend, while Maassluis won by the same score against Barendrecht last weekend.
“The conditions will be different,” said van Bommel. “Last Sunday, the venue was the Philips Stadion and [Wednesday] night we will play in front a 3500 crowd on an artificial turf pitch.
“As a player, I needed no motivation ahead of a cup tie. It is a challenge for my players to show consistency and put in another fine display.”
The coach did not reveal whether he will be rotating his squad for the cup match: “The players are fit and fresh after the victory over Ajax.”
He added that PSV will not be underestimating their opponents.
“Excelsior Maassluis are not just a bunch of amateur players. Several of them once plied their trade in professional football,” said the PSV boss.
“We don’t play Tom, Dick and Harry and I’m sure that Excelsior Maassluis will go at us. They play second division football, a tier below professional football.”