Van Bommel ready for European challenge

PSV Eindhoven
PSV boss Mark van Bommel says Ajax are still favourites to win the title but stressed his side will not give up.

PSV boss Mark van Bommel says he will not be taking Cypriot outfit Apollon Limassol lightly in their Europa League play off game.

The Dutch outfit are two matches away from the group stages of the competition, but only just laboured over the line in the last round as they beat Norwegian outfit Haugesund 1-0 over two legs.

They were beaten by Swiss side Basel in the Champions League qualification stage before then and are having to settle for Europe’s second tournament.

They have started the new Eeredviise season in a positive manner though, taking seven points from a possible nine.

Despite the fact they are the overwhelming favourites to beat the team finished third in the Cypriot top flight last season, van Bommel says his team cannot afford to drop off in performance levels.

“No Dutch club can afford to be complacent and we will definitely not take Apollon lightly,” he said.

“There is no need for complacency nor arrogance. Reaching the group stages of a European competition is not plain sailing for any Dutch club at the moment. Apollon Limassol are a strong side and we must be ready for a tall order.”