PSV will take on FC Volendam without Cody Gakpo on Tuesday in the eighth finals of the cup tournament. Also for Mario Götze and Nick Viergever, the duel with the number 7 of the Kitchen Champion Division is still too early, PSV coach Roger Schmidt reports.
“It goes without saying that our goal is to reach the next round”, says the coach who saw his team win 5-3 at Sparta on Saturday. “With the exception of a few, my team has recovered from the effort that we had to make against Sparta. After the last practice I can determine which players are fit enough for a starting place.”
Schmidt doesn’t know Tuesday’s opponent that well, but he doesn’t mind that either. “With FC Volendam we meet a team that we do not see at work every week”, he says. “For me that is one of the charms of cup football. I am sure that they will arm themselves to the teeth. De Graafschap did that in the previous round and everyone could see that they have made it difficult for us. these circumstances can cope. Ultimately, only one thing counts: qualifying for the quarter finals. “