Roger Schmidt provided an explanation Wednesday evening as to why he didn’t bring in Mohamed Ihattaren for Galatasaray. PSV won the Champions League second preliminary round with convincing numbers (5-1), however, there was no place for the attacking midfielder. Ihattaren was clearly upset that he was not allowed to play more than a few minutes. Schmidt said it wasn’t an ‘exceptional decision’ but Jan Boskamp & Wesley Sneijder made the trip to the studio. RTL 7It is not all about the money.
“What does this match say about Mohamed Ihattaren’s situation? Schmidt said that Mo is in the same position as all the others on the bench after the showdown. “There were a lot of players who didn’t play tonight. I must make my selections for the starting eleven and then make the correct decisions regarding substitutions. These four men were the right ones for me at that moment. It always depends on the position and intermediate score when I substitute. The coach said that tonight was a great game. Even those who didn’t get to play a minute, everyone felt positive.
Ihattaren, who remained on the bench for 90 mins, clearly felt the pain. Even when the final whistle sounded with the 5-1 final score, Ihattaren could not help but feel it. Ryan Thomas, Pablo Rosario, Davy Pröpper and Cody Gakpo could count on a substitute. Schmidt replied that Ihattaren doesn’t have to leave PSV when Schmidt asked. “There were also other players who didn’t play, so it wasn’t anything special. He is not a better substitute than any other player. Mo Ihattaren is an essential player for us. He is a nice person and I hope that he grows well. He will play if he is going to beat his competitors,” says the trainer.
Sneijder remarked that Ihattaren was “not happy” during the afterthought and that Schmidt might have broken agreements. “What is his status now? Well that seems clear to me”, says Sneijder. “If he makes sure he gets better than the one in his position, then he just plays. After the game, we just watched him a bit. You can see that everyone is moving together and Ihattaren lags a little. You can clearly see that he is not happy.”
“At one point, Schmidt says, ‘Mo is the same as all the other players.’ But that is of course nonsense,” continues the analyst. “If you look at the bench, you see that he is the one with the most potential. He is undoubtedly the most important player in the club. Naturally, you will deal with this in a different fashion. Sneijder said that he was disappointed after the game and that it wasn’t the agreement. He is supported by Boskamp. “With all due respect, but if you still have to put up with Thomas, then you already know… Look, he can take it if Cody Gakpo comes in, then maybe Mo will understand. But Thomas…”, Boskamp suggests.