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JUANDE ON A MISSION

Posted on 12 March 2008  - 12:00

Juande Ramos insists we will be full of intent against PSV Eindhoven tonight as we look to score the goals needed to take us through to the next round of the UEFA Cup.

Juande Ramos insists we will be full of intent against PSV Eindhoven tonight as we look to score the goals needed to take us through to the next round of the UEFA Cup.

The Head Coach feels we will need to play our normal attacking game in order to come back from a goal down on aggregate and control the game against the Dutch Champions.

Therefore, with so much at stake for both teams tonight, Juande is expecting a classic European encounter at the Philips Stadion.

He said: “I am expecting a very open game between two teams who want to qualify for the next round. I think it will be a good game.

“There are two teams playing this game and they both have their own objectives, but only one team will be able to fulfil them.

“In the first leg we intended to play fast and win but we met a rival that was very strong. They were better on the night, and that’s why they won.

“We try to take the initiative in every match and play it at pace, and although you cannot always win, that will be the intention tonight.

“PSV are a team with Champions League experience and they played a fantastic match at The Lane. Hopefully it will be the other way round tonight.”

Overall, Juande believes there is little to choose between the teams and knows we will have to be firing on all cylinders in Eindhoven.

He added: “We are going to have to play this game like a Final and we know we’re going to have to be at our absolute best to get through, but we are confident in our ability.

“It’s going to take a team effort to get a result and an early goal would certainly calm the nerves and possibly tip the balance of the tie.

“All games in Europe are extremely complicated and in a game like this, the tiniest thing could make all the difference. That’s why we can afford no mistakes.”

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