The loss of the PSV Conference League against Leicester City (1-2) is due to Roger Schmidt. That is Pierre van Hooijdonk’s position. The former attacker gets a German coach through the mangle of an ESPN studio.
PSV seemed to be on its way to the semi-finals, but Leicester made a turnaround with James Maddison and Ricardo Pereira in the final. “PSV owes this dropout to its own coach,” Van Hooijdonk responds fiercely. “From the start of the second half, Leicester became much stronger than PSV. Then it must be understood that there will only be a counterattack.”
Schmidt made his first substitution after 74 minutes for Fredrik Oppegardi. Ritsu Doan, Carlos Vinícius and Bruma later appeared before Joey Veerman, Eran Zahavi and Érick Gutiérrez. Van Hooijdonk does not understand Schmidt’s choices at Philips Stadium.
“Zahavi, Veerman and Götze can’t be counted on. Then they have to sacrifice their attacker and switch for speed,” he says. “Then bring Bruma or Vertessen. They’re not my favorite footballers, but they’re very fast. Zahavi just isn’t.” Van Hooijdonk is surprised that Vinicius finally got between the lines: “It’s a physically strong attacker. You only needed it if Leicester did 1: 2. Then you can use such an attacker.”
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