PSV coach Roger Schmidt does not expect his team to easily beat NS Mura on Thursday in the third heat of the Europa League, even though the Eindhoven team is a heavy favorite in Slovenia.
‘Match against Emmen was perhaps good’
The relatively unknown Mura shows this season that things are in order. Five of the first six games were won and not one goal has been scored.
“It will be a tough game. The fact that they have not yet had a goal against shows that they have a strong defense,” Schmidt said at a press moment in Slovenia on Wednesday.
“It’s only one game, so anything can happen. It’s an advantage for Mura that they play at home. It’s a new challenge for us, we’ll have to be focused and focused from the start.”
Maxi Romero (left) gave PSV a tight home win against FC Emmen on Saturday. (Photo: Pro Shots)
PSV had a difficult final test before the start of the European season by only winning against FC Emmen on Saturday in the final minute (2-1). However, according to Schmidt, this can be an advantage.
“We are a young team that is developing and we can show that we are further than against Emmen”, said the 53-year-old trainer of the Eindhoven team.
“That match was perhaps a good one, because we were seen there as the big favorite, but we had to fight for the victory until the last. We can take that to the match against Mura.”
NS Mura-PSV starts on Thursday at 7 p.m. Later in the evening, at 9 p.m., Willem II will take on Rangers in the third Europa League preliminary round.
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