For PSV on Thursday, apart from the profit premium and some points for the UEFA ranking, nothing is at stake in the Europa League duel with Rosenborg. But that ranking can be crucial for the club in the future.
"Everyone wants to win tomorrow. It's still about something, namely the ranking," said PSV goalkeeper Lars Unnerstall on Wednesday at the press conference before the game.
Each year the pot layouts of the European tournaments are determined via the club coefficient ranking. PSV currently occupies 38th place with 36 points, but the differences between, say, the 30th and 60th places are very small. Internazionale, for example, has 28 points as number 54 of the ranking.
The ranking is determined on the basis of results in European competitions of the past five years. After this season, the performances of the 2015/2016 vintage will be canceled. That was the last season in which PSV spent the winter. Of the 36 coefficient points that the people of Eindhoven have, no fewer than 18 come from that year.
PSV goalkeeper Lars Unnerstall (right). (Photo: Pro Shots)
PSV also plays for 570.00 euros
In addition, PSV is playing for a profit premium of 570,000 euros. Moreover, the team hopes to maintain the good feeling after the 5-0 win over Fortuna Sittard on Saturday. That victory followed a dramatic series of nine matches in which PSV registered only one win.
"It is important that we win tomorrow. If we go to Feyenoord with a win, it will be easier to play football," Unnerstall looked ahead to Sunday's competition cracker in De Kuip.
Stand Group D Europa League
- 1. Sporting CP 5-12
- 2. LASK Linz 5-10
- 3. PSV 5-7
- 4. Rosenborg 5-0
Van Bommel: 'You may not whistle player of your own team'
PSV coach Mark van Bommel hopes that Pablo Rosario will also have a good feeling about the match against Rosenborg on Thursday. The former captain of the club was replaced by Fortuna at half-time after being knocked out by the PSV crowd in the first half.
"It doesn't matter if you think a player is good or bad, you don't whistle a player from your own team. That is impossible," Van Bommel said for Rosario.
PSV-Rosenborg starts on Thursday at 6.55 p.m. and is led by Russian arbitrator Vitali Meshkov.
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