It was a long fight for PSV against Excelsior, but thanks to three hits in the finals, the Eindhoven team fell short of the Kralingers. Although it certainly wasn’t easy, Ruud van Nistelrooij’s victory still gave ‘a good feeling’. The PSV manager says the championship remains the goal, despite being five points behind and perhaps eight points later today.

PSV have had a week in which they have done what was expected. On Tuesday the final of the KNVB TOTO Cup was reached with victory over the Spakenburg amateurs and last night the Eindhoven team beat Excelsior in front of their own audience. “From Tuesday we will start preparing for the match against FC Volendam and those three points can also be worth us gold,” said Van Nistelrooij, who believes that PSV is still fighting for two big prizes despite the delay in the competition. they’re still going as high as possible and that’s still number one.”

Van Nistelrooij found PSV mediocre before the break. “How we started was not good. With the qualities we have, we can destroy the opponent with our possession of the ball, but that was not possible before the break. That has to do with sharpness, intensity and how you start the game. Our level was not good. After the break he got better,” Van Nistelrooij said before the cameras of ESPN.

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PSV took an early lead against Excelsior but only lost to the Kralingers in the last fifteen minutes. Although it did not look easy after the break until Xavi Simons’ 2-0 redeemer, Van Nistelrooij was satisfied with the second half. Also because the score was still quite high. “We wanted to win and increase our goal difference. That eventually worked out and you end up the way you want: with a good feeling.”

Van Nistelrooij replaced his injured striker Luuk de Jong at half time, who had made it 1-0 with a first-half ticker. The PSV coach took away his captain’s concerns about a possible injury. He “He indicated that he had a problem, but it was not serious. Luuk has been replaced as a precaution, I think he will be back next week.”

Luuk de Jong after his PSV goal against Excelsior.
Luuk de Jong after his PSV goal against Excelsior. © Pro Shots / Toin Damen

Van Aanholt: ‘Those are moments I live for’

Who was on the field for ninety minutes is Patrick van Aanholt. The 32-year-old left-back fired up several times against Excelsior and also delivered a set-up assist for De Jong on eleven minutes. “Those are the moments I live for. If I have the space, I can go. Sometimes we still lean too much to the right side. I also indicated today that space was more with me. But I get the ball enough, so everything will be fine.”

Van Aanholt was also happy about the win, with which PSV benefited from AZ’s home loss to Sparta. “The first half was not good, but the final score says it all.”

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