‘So nice that it has now worked’

From Liverpool, Cody Gakpo still closely follows the performance of his previous club PSV. The attacker, who is currently preparing with the Dutch national team for the European Championship qualifying matches with Greece and Ireland, was therefore delighted that his former teammates managed to get through to the group stage of the Champions League this season.

Last season – still with Gakpo on board – the people of Eindhoven did not succeed. Even then, the Scottish Rangers FC formed the last hurdle in the preliminary rounds of the billion dollar ball, but after a 2-2 draw in Glasgow, PSV lost 0-1 at home and Gakpo and friends were ‘condemned’ to participate in the Europa League. As if the devil played with it, PSV was then linked to the Rangers again in the play-offs a year later, and again the first leg in Scotland ended in a 2-2 draw.

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“Oh nice, I’m super proud of the players,” Gakpo says in conversation with Football International. “And happy for the supporters,” he continues, “because they deserve that after a long time without the Champions League. We just missed it a few times at the last minute, it’s so nice that we succeeded now.” Besides that After that 2-2 in Glasgow I did get flashbacks to last year. But I kept my faith and it turned out well,” he refers to the resounding 5-1 home win with which PSV finally secured the coveted spot in the group stage of the Champions League.

In any case, his previous club can look back on a great start to the season, in which the Johan Cruijff Scale was conquered at the expense of national champion Feyenoord and PSV has not lost a point in the competition after three rounds. Gakpo from Liverpool is satisfied: “I think it’s great how things are going at PSV now. They started very well, with a very good team.” He also regularly talks to old acquaintances: “Of course I still have a lot of contact with people within PSV, with guys with whom I have played for a long time. Like Jordan Teze, for example, I have known him for almost twenty years. I have known Armando Obispo for a long time, of course. but he is unfortunately injured at the moment. I know Noa Lang from Orange, just like I see Joey Veerman here again.”

2023-09-05 20:37:14
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