PSV player Mario Götze was replaced as a precaution on Thursday in the halftime of the Europa League match against Granada (1-2 defeat). The attacking midfielder had some muscle problems.
Malen doesn’t want to use Götze as an excuse
“I didn’t want to change Mario, but he already had some problems with a muscle in the warm-up and at half time he said that he felt a little more, so we didn’t want to take any chances,” PSV coach Roger Schmidt said after the game. against RTL.
The 28-year-old Götze opened the score in PSV’s first group match in the new Europa League season in injury time in the first half, but he was left in the dressing room at half time. Defender Nick Viergever came on for him.
“It’s not an injury, but I felt something”, Götze explained in conversation with FOX Sports. “I’ve only trained six times, I played last Sunday and we have another game next Sunday. We have to be careful and I have to stay fit all season.”
Without the German purchase, which also scored in his first game for PSV last weekend (0-3 win over PEC Zwolle), things went a lot less at PSV in the second half. Granada took advantage and took the victory with goals from Jorge Molina and Darwin Machís.
“It was not a bad game for us, but it is always difficult when you have to concede two goals right after each other”, Götze analyzed. “In the first half we did well and they didn’t create big chances, but we didn’t make the second goal ourselves and that gave Granada confidence after the break.”
PSV did not start well in the group stage of the Europa League. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Striker Donyell Malen did not want to use Götze’s failure as an excuse for the defeat. “Of course it was a shame, because he played football well. But this can happen”, the striker said RTL.
According to Malen, PSV suffered an unnecessary defeat. “After the break they deliberately turned it into a fighting match and we went along with it. That’s a shame, because we’re better at football.”
Next Thursday the next European match is scheduled for PSV. Then the team will play against Omonia Nicosia in Cyprus. The people from Eindhoven will visit Vitesse in the Eredivisie on Sunday.
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