Roger Schmidt fears some of his players might not be in top shape all season. The PSV trainer expects another tough match against Sparta Rotterdam on Sunday.
Schmidt’s ‘full throttle football’ requires top condition
Last month, a large part of the PSV selection was infected with the corona virus. Schmidt thinks it could take a long time for those players to be in top shape again.
“Perhaps they will continue to suffer from it all season,” said the German trainer at a press conference on Friday. “They have not been able to train for three weeks because of the corona virus.”
“That is comparable to the summer break, if you also do nothing for three or four weeks. But after the summer break you will train for six weeks for a new season, now there are two games every week.”
Schmidt wants PSV to play ‘full throttle football’, but because not all players are in top condition, this has not been possible for ninety minutes.
“My football style is very physical, with a lot of sprinting and running. The players are already doing very well, but it has not been reliable for 90 minutes,” said Schmidt. “We have to accept that.”
On Thursday evening, PSV had to go deep in the Europa League to beat PAOK 3-2 after a 0-2 deficit. Schmidt: “The players are tired, but nobody has any injuries.”
Mario Gotze missed PSV’s last two games due to a muscle injury, but resumed training on Thursday. (Photo: Pro Shots)
On Sunday against Sparta, he will line up a few different players than on Thursday. “In the coming weeks we will play a lot of matches and no player will play for ninety minutes all the time.”
“The match against Sparta is a great opportunity to let some boys who have had the corona virus play again. Then they can take the next step in their conditional build-up.”
Mario Götze may also return to PSV’s line-up on Sunday. The German acquisition trained again for the first time on Thursday after recently sustaining a muscle injury. Mohamed Ihattaren still has a few days to work on his fitness and misses the match against the team from Rotterdam.