PSV coach Roger Schmidt does not want to say whether Eran Zahavi will get a basic place in the play-off of the Europa League against Rosenborg BK on Thursday. The Israeli striker is entitled to play for the Eindhoven team a week and a half after his arrival.
‘We need to be more focused on basic things’
“I am happy with that, because he has been with the group for almost two weeks now,” Schmidt said at the press conference in the run-up to the game in Norway. “We knew it could take a while, but now it’s done.”
“Whether he will start? I will not decide today, but tomorrow in peace”, the German said. “It has been difficult for him in recent weeks, because he is incredibly motivated to show himself.”
PSV took over Zahavi earlier this month on a free transfer from the Chinese Guangzhou R&F, the club of trainer Giovanni van Bronckhorst. However, the administrative settlement of the transfer from China still had to be waited for, as a result of which the attacker missed the Europa League match with the Slovenian NS Mura (1-5 victory) and the league match with Heracles Almelo (1-1).
Schmidt expects the confrontation with Rosenborg to be a physical fight. “We will compete with everything we have, because we want to have a great international season. Last week in Slovenia we also had a match like this and then we did a great job. I am convinced that my players know how important the game is. with Rosenborg for the club and for us. “
With a victory over the Norwegians, PSV secures a place in the group stage in the Europa League. Last Sunday’s draw against Heracles caused Schmidt’s team to wake up.
“We can get many things that are important from that game,” said Schmidt. “Of course it will be a different game and it will be a completely different situation, but against Heracles we have seen what is being asked. We have to be more focused on the basic things, try to win second balls and remain disciplined.”
The play-off in the Europa League between Rosenborg BK and PSV starts on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Lerkendal Stadium in Trondheim and is led by Italian referee Davide Massa.