Noa Lang is missing from PSV’s Champions League match with Spanish side Sevilla on Wednesday evening. The winger has suffered a setback, trainer Peter Bosz reported at the press conference.
Lang returned earlier this week after a hamstring injury he suffered on October 8. As a result, he also missed the Dutch team’s European Championship qualifiers against Ireland and Gibraltar. Bosz does not want to take too much risk with the wing attacker.
It is a hard blow for PSV. After four matches, they are second in the group with as many points as Lens and three points more than last number Sevilla. Leader Arsenal seems unreachable for the other teams. With a win on Wednesday evening in Spain, PSV can take an important step towards hibernation in the billion-dollar ball, for the first time since the 2015/16 season.
Bosz could not yet say whether the Dutch international will also miss the top match against Feyenoord in the Premier League on Sunday. “If you are not there today, you are also a question mark for Sunday. We did take him to Spain, because I would like him to be part of the group.”
Lozano in basis
Hirving Lozano can play and will even start against the Spaniards, his coach confirmed. The Mexican was kicked hard in the ankle against FC Twente on Saturday by Mees Hilgers, who had to pay for it with a red card and a two-match suspension.
Lozano is looking forward to the important match. The attacker sees opportunities for his team. “The team is further along than in my first period at PSV from 2017 to 2019. We are playing fantastically in the league and even in the Champions League. I am happy about that, because everyone at PSV deserves that.”
Bosz agrees: “We know the importance of the match and we want to win. Being there after the winter is good for the club and the players. The hunger is absolutely there. I have felt that from the start of the season, that the players want to win something. And wintering in the Champions League is also a big step for us.”
The big difference with the previous match in Eindhoven, which ended 2-2, is that Sevilla now has a different trainer. Jose Luis Mendilibar was fired mainly due to poor performance in the competition, in which the ambitious Spaniards are now a disappointing fifteenth.
Bosz: “With the new coach Diego Alonso, the way of playing football is different. We adapt to that, as we always do. We have analyzed them and know what situation they are in, we want to take advantage of that.”
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