Depleted PSV faces tough test

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:37 IST

PSV Eindhoven has problems ahead of Wednesday's Champions League match against Bordeaux.

Depleted PSV faces tough test

Paris:

PSV Eindhoven has problems ahead of Wednesday's Champions League match against Bordeaux. Coach Ronald Koeman is without striker Patrick Kluivert and veteran midfielder Phillip Cocu, while winger Jefferson Farfan is doubtful as he is recovering from a head injury caused by a clash of heads with Kluivert. Added to that, PSV sold striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink to Celtic and defender Andre Ooijer to Blackburn just before the transfer deadline expired in August. Bordeaux expects PSV to try and adjust to the loss of key players by adopting a physical approach. "When the Dutch are unable to dominate a team as they wish, then they can sometimes employ illicit means," said Marius Tresor, a former France captain now with Bordeaux's coaching staff. "We know PSV well from seeing them play against French sides recently. They're a solid team, with good players. I just hope they won't resort to the same methods they used in the past." Over the past two seasons, PSV played twice against Lyon in the Champions League, beating the French champion in the 2005 quarterfinals, and losing in the second round last season. Both matches featured several heavy challenges and a flurry of yellow cards. Losing Kluivert, scorer of the winning goal for Ajax in the 1995 Champions League final, is a big blow to Koeman. Kluivert, with over 40 goals for the Netherlands, limped off in Saturday's league match against Den Haag because of a knee injury. A week earlier, in a league game against rival Feyenoord, Kluivert knocked teammate Farfan unconscious after a clash of heads. Koeman hopes Farfan will recover in time to face Bordeaux. Vennegoor of Hesselink's height and strength will be missed - he scored 73 in 157 league games for PSV before joining Scottish champion Celtic. Koeman hopes Ecuador midfielder Edison Mendez can unlock Bordeaux's defence. PSV is unbeaten in four games, including three straight league wins and a 0-0 draw against Liverpool in the opening rounds of Champions League group games. Bordeaux, which also drew its opener 0-0 at Galatasary, beat Troyes 2-1 at home in league play on Saturday. Coach Ricardo will likely pair Jean-Claude Darcheville in attack with Morocco's Marouane Chamakh. Darcheville has three goals in his last three league outings. Ricardo looks to former Werder Bremen midfielder Johan Micoud to spark Bordeaux's offense. Micoud, league champion with Bordeaux in the 1998-99 season, has been disappointing since returning to French soccer. (AP)

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