‘Great result, now in modesty towards cup final’
Van Nistelrooij: ‘Passion and commitment was great to see’
With the convincing 3-0 win in the topper against Ajax, PSV not only took over second place from the Amsterdammers. For PSV coach Ruud van Nistelrooij, it was also confirmation of the growth of his team, which remained unbeaten for the 12th time in a row.
“Without growth, you can’t put up such a series,” Van Nistelrooij said. “We know where our qualities lie and we know how to exploit them. This is a great result. Now in all modesty we are heading for the final.”
Simons: ‘Luuk de Jong granted me the penalty, that’s beautiful’
With that, the coach was referring to Sunday, April 30’s KNVB Cup final against Ajax at De Kuip. “Such streaks are wonderful,” Xavi Simons also knows. “But next week is another match.”
Simons after win over Ajax: “Luuk de Jong granted me the penalty, that’s beautiful
“We have become much more stable lately,” added captain Luuk de Jong.
Simons was allowed by Luuk de Jong to take the penalty kick in the 54th minute and shot it in nicely. “He is captain and decides,” Simons said. “Nice that he granted me the penalty kick.”
Luuk de Jong: ‘We battled and fought’
De Jong: “Xavi asked if he could take it. That boy is so eager. I grant him that penalty, then he gives me a great assist.”
About the plastic cup that was thrown on the field, the PSV players agreed. “I don’t understand why anyone throws anything on the pitch now,” De Jong said. “It’s going to stop sometime,” Van Nistelrooij said optimistically.