With no points from their two games in Group D, PSV Eindhoven and de Marseille are desperate for a win to kick-start their respective Champions League campaigns.
With Atletico Madrid and Liverpool already six points ahead of both sides, there is a suggestion that PSV’s two matches against Marseille will determine who will participate in the UEFA Cup next spring. However, PSV coach Huub Stevens refuses to give up on Europe’s elite competition just yet.
“If you want to reach the next round of the Champions League, which we definitely do, then we have to win,” he said. “As long as the possibility still exists to progress, then we will do everything we can to make it happen.”
Stevens admits his team will have to be much more attack-minded than when losing 3-1 at Anfield on Matchday 2.
“You could say we played with eleven defenders against Liverpool in the last game,” he said. “This time we’re going to play with eleven attackers.”
Only one member of PSV’s regular lineup is missing in right-back Jan Kromkamp, but there is a ready-made replacement in Francisco Rodríguez.
Marseille are the only undefeated team in Ligue 1, their 3-1 victory at Valenciennes on Sunday took them up to second place, one point behind titleholders Lyon.
“We created a lot of chances during the game, and both [Hatem] Ben Arfa and [Bakari] Koné are finding their form,” said Marseille coach Erik Gerets.
“Normally in an away match we would be happy with one point, but not this time,” he added. “We will definitely be looking for all three. I don’t expect a physical battle, just two teams going all out for victory, so it should be a really entertaining encounter.”