Guus Hiddink has challenged his side to find the “killer instinct” which as they look to spring a surprise on Milan in tonight’s Champions League semi-final second leg.
Trailing 2-0 from the first leg at the San Siro, PSV have it all to do against the competition’s most parsimonious defence.
Nonetheless, Hiddink does not believe it is a lost cause and he will take heart from his side’s performance in the first leg when they came close to scoring on a number of occasions.
“When you play as well as we did and create five or six good chances, you have to be efficient and score,” Hiddink said.
“The difference in class was not in the play but in the finishing – they have the killer instinct and it showed.”
Hiddink expects Milan to play on the counter-attack tonight.
“Milan love to play that system as they have such dangerous forwards,” he said.
“They’re an extremely experienced team but it is our job to make them afraid, to cause the panic which we did last week.”
Meanwhile, Milan c oach Carlo Ancelotti believes his side are on the threshold of greatness.
“I have a quality team which is determined to achieve great things, be that in Italy or in the Champions League,” said Ancelotti.
Despite last week’s 2-0 scoreline, Ancelotti is taking nothing for granted.
“However, we have to be concerned about PSV because we lost control during the second half last week and they looked dangerous. We don’t want to do that again because if they are able to dictate the play, they’ve proved they have the quality to hurt us.”
Ancelotti is only too well aware of his side’s capitulation against Deportivo last season when they travelled to Spain with a 3-0 first leg lead only to capitulate 4-12 in the return leg.
There will be at least two changes to the PSV starting eleven with Andre Ooijer suspended and DaMarcus Beasley out for the season with a knee injury sustained last Friday against FC Twente. Peruvian winger Jefferson Farfán damaged his ankle in that 2-2 draw but has been passed fit to play along with central defender Wilfred Bouma who had been struggling with a back injury. Theo Lucius will deputise for Ooijer and Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink will offer an alternative to Beasley up front.
Milan have no injury worries and Ancelotti’s most pressing concern is who to leave out tonight. He will make a late decision whether to field the more attack-minded Cafu or more prosaic Kakha Kaladze alongside Jaap Stam, Alessandro Nesta and Paolo Maldini.
PSV:Gomes – Alex, Bouma, Cocu – Van Bommel, Vogel, Van der Schaaf, Lee – Park – Farfan, Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink
Milan:: Dida – Cafu, Nesta, Stam, Maldini – Gattuso, Pirlo, Ambrosini – Kaka, Seedorf – Shevchenko