Roger Schmidt hopes to compete with the PSV for the prizes next season. The 53-year-old German coach led his first training session on Monday with the team that was disappointingly fourth last season when the Eredivisie was shut down.
Shortly after his first practice session, Schmidt was immediately asked whether he thinks he can become champion with PSV. "That is a bit early to say, because this is only my first day. I want to get a good picture of the group before I formulate an objective," he said.
Schmidt was successful with Red Bull Salzburg and Bayer Leverkusen before moving to Beijing Sinobo Guoan in China in 2017. The past six months he was without a club.
"I took a break for a few months and then I did not necessarily want to go to the best competition, but to a competition that suits me well," he explained. "I have always found the Netherlands an interesting country and PSV is well known in Germany. Here there is attacking football and there are many young players who can help you in their development."
Schmidt visited Ajax-PSV (1-0) last season and had enough time in recent months to watch games of the Eindhoven team. "The past is not important to me, I want to look to the future. Of course PSV did not go well last year, but that is not important now."
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"Transfer market is complicated by corona crisis"
On the first training, the 250 supporters who could allow PSV because of the corona measures could not admire new acquisitions. The mercenaries Jeroen Zoet, Hidde Jurjus, Mauro Júnior, Joël Piroe, Dante Rigo, Armando Obispo and Maximiliano Romero have returned. The routiners Ibrahim Afellay, Daniel Schwaab and Ricardo Rodríguez have left.
"Of course we will see if we can find players who make us better," said Schmidt. "But the transfer market is very complicated due to the corona crisis. The market will not close until September, so we still have a long time."
Schmidt played three seasons in the Champions League with Leverkusen and hopes to do the same with PSV. "PSV will unfortunately play in the Europa League this year, but I hope that we will play in the Champions League again later."
"That is the highest club level in the world and I would like to be there again in the future. That was one of the reasons for choosing this club."