PSV keeps a low profile again and is far away from calling the championship won.
What does that remind us of again? In the past two championships, there was no bravura at De Herdgang. All championship questions were dismissed. By head coach Phillip Cocu, by the managers and certainly by the players. Incidentally, this does not only apply to PSV. In general, football clubs hate championship fever.
The players and staff of the Eindhoven club are not yet prepared for championship related answers, yet the supporters are. Statements such as ‘the ‘platte kar’ (flatcar) can be rolled out’ and ‘I am at the Stadhuisplein again this year’ are the rule rather than the exception during Tuesday’s training at De Herdgang. Under the watchful eye of former coach Guus Hiddink, the PSV selection works out a fanatic match form.
Ten points, eight games. The gap is that large and the competition lasts that long. And where the whole football world shouts it from the rooftops, it remains uncomfortably quiet among the players, the staff and the board. Match by match is crossed off. There is quiet and purposeful work being done towards the Stadhuisplein. But as long as that trophy is not yet in Eindhoven, no PSV person will speak those magical words: PSV will become champion of the Netherlands.