Where trainer Roger Schmidt did everything he could to protect his players, Denzel Dumfries was clearer. The PSV captain was annoyed by the way his team gave away the goals at Feyenoord on Sunday (3-1). PSV again did not give home in a top match and after January provisionally dropped out in the title match with Ajax. That is a hard blow for the Eindhoven club, which invested many millions in new players last summer to seriously participate with the team from Amsterdam again.
“We were still in control at the beginning,” said Dumfries. “But the positions were not optimal at loss of the ball and we were too ‘open’. We cannot explain the red carpet like that. I think that the goals went wrong there.”
Feyenoord had lost three times in a row, but met an opponent in PSV against whom the Rotterdammers could play their favorite game. The team of trainer Dick Advocaat liked to leave the ball to the team from Eindhoven and switched quickly when the ball lost. The opportunities that Feyenoord got, almost all went in.
‘They give away many opportunities’
The lawyer had done his homework well and looked at how PSV did in previous top duels. “PSV is a very good team. But in the games we watched them, we saw that they play very far forward. That is why they give away many chances”, the former national coach explained.
PAOK Saloniki was the first to expose PSV’s defensive weaknesses this season. At the beginning of November, the Greeks were still behind (0-1) in the group stage at halftime, but eventually won 4-1. The month of January, with a number of top duels, also made it clear where PSV can be found. Ajax fought back from a deficit of two goals (2-2). AZ really hurt PSV three days later in Eindhoven (1-3) and Sparta Rotterdam, just like Feyenoord, scored three times against PSV (3-5). So 11 goals against in four games and that are too many, Dumfries also knows.
“Feyenoord did not play quite as expected. They fell back deeper than we thought. But then it is up to us to do the right things at the ball and take the right positions to become dangerous,” said the 24-year-old international , who said two weeks ago that he wants to leave PSV next summer with the national title in his pocket. That scenario no longer seems so realistic, although PSV will immediately get the necessary opportunities this month to show that they can also take on stronger opponents.
PSV will play twice against Ajax (cup and competition) in February, twice against Olympiakos Piraeus (Europa League) and against Vitesse (competition).