MARK VAN BOMMEL believed both PSV Eindhoven and Milan got a hard draw and is still not sure where his heart is.
It’s been almost a week since Milan learned that they’ll play against PSV in the final Champions League qualification stage (first game on August 20 at Philips Stadion, second game on August 28 at San Siro) and preparations are in full swing.
Milan and PSV have a history and one player who played for both sides is Mark van Bommel. The Dutchman spent just a year and a half at Milan but was a big fans’ favourite and he believes that the PSV-Milan games will be tough for both.
“The Champions League play-offs will be difficult for both PSV Eindhoven and Milan. There have been many changes in the PSV squad, and they have many young players now,” Van Bommel told the Milan Channel. “Milan don’t know how PSV play. All their players run a lot, but Milan are Milan. They’re still a great team and they also have many great players now.
“PSV is a young team that are very strong and fast in attack, and they have a very young defence. It will be a very interesting match to watch because Milan are the opponents, and who honestly knows what will happen? Adam Maher is PSV’s best player, and he’s the one to keep an eye on. He can score in one minute, and he’s a very talented player It’ll be difficult for Milan because PSV is a young team with a lot of desire to run and attack. What can I say to PSV’s fans? Milan are Milan.
“Milan have Boateng, Balotelli and other players that I was fortunate enough to play with. Their defence is also strong, otherwise they wouldn’t play for Milan. PSV aren’t happy that they were paired with Milan. Nigel De Jong? He is a good player. I played with him in the national team and we reached a World Cup final together. De Jong is very similar to me.
“He had a very serious injury, but now he has returned to being strong again. Nigel is a great person, and it’s always better to have him as a team-mate than as an opponent. Urby Emanuelson? It wasn’t easy for Emanuelson to come to Milan. He was in England last season (loan spell at Fulham), and now he must take a step forward in his career. Everybody wants to play for Milan even if you have to change your position. You just have to be happy that you’re wearing the Milan shirt.
“If I will support Milan or PSV? I hope that the best team wins. I played at Milan for a year and a half, but it feels like I played there for 10 years. It was really nice and that’s also why I cried when I left. I played 7 years for PSV, but I think that the best players that I played with were at Milan, even though they all left last year. It’s really difficult for me to decide who to support.
“Only one team will go through,” Van Bommel added. Mark finished his career wearing the PSV shirt; he hung up his boots at the end of last season and it was in a very Van Bommel-ly fashion – with a red card. MvB played 50 games for Milan.