The PSV players and trainer blame the dramatic second half against PAOK on their own mistakes and the consequences of the corona virus in the selection. The Eindhoven team lost no less than 4-1 in Greece on Thursday.
Tired Rosario eats up after a change
“In harmless situations we made unnecessary mistakes, so we conceded the goals”, coach Roger Schmidt said Eindhovens Dagblad. “We didn’t have our residual defense in order, which is normally our strength.”
PSV were still leading 0-1 at half time, but conceded four goals within twenty minutes. With three of the four goals against, the rearguard looked very bad.
Schmidt, in addition to the weak own game, also cited the corona infections within the selection as the cause of the defeat. PSV missed seven players in Greece and had to play a series of matches with a core of about thirteen men in recent weeks.
“We have paid the price today for the situation in recent weeks,” said Schmidt. “The players who have just returned are not top yet.”
The German trainer believes that too much is being asked of his players. “When you play an international season, that is quite a challenge in our situation. You cannot do that with eleven or twelve fit players.”
One of the players who recovered from the coronavirus and played against PAOK was Pablo Rosario. The midfielder was sidelined for four matches, but started as captain in the base on Thursday.
Rosario had to change in half time, because he was already through it. “The body just said: it’s not going anymore. Then you have to get out, no matter how difficult it is,” Rosario told me FOX Sports.
Immediately after the substitution of Rosario, PSV completely collapsed. “You want to help the team on the field. If you see how the second half goes, then you are eating yourself up”, the midfielder was disappointed.
Rosario also pointed to the corona infections as the cause of the large defeat. “In recent weeks we have played a lot of games with a small group due to the corona cases. Today was a very important game, where you want to have all the players available,” said Rosario. “Those are not excuses, but facts.”
In three weeks, PSV will play the fourth group match in the Europa League at home against PAOK. On Sunday evening, the Eindhoven team will take on Willem II at home, the last Eredivisie game before the international break.