Champions League preview – Monaco v PSV | World Soccer

Monaco coach Didier Deschamps is aware that his side must strike the right balance between attack and defence when they try to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg of their Champions League tie with PSV Eindhoven.

“Our objective is clear,” said Deschamps.

“We know we have to score but we can’t sacrifice everything to chase goals. It is just as important not to leave PSV spaces to exploit at the back.”

Monaco managed to score against their opponents when they met in the group stage last year, PSV earned a 1-1 draw that would suit them perfectly this time around.

Tonight, Deschamps will be looking to Uruguayan striker Ernesto Chevantón who returned at the weekend after a two-month absence.

“He (Chevantón) gives us different options up front with his pace and the way he drops deep. He is not totally match fit but he looks good.”

Chevantón will probably start on the bench, though, meaning Javier Saviola and Emmanuel Adebayor lead the attack, while goalkeeper Flavio Roma should return from a thigh problem.

Deschamps is impressed by the quality of tonight’s opponents, in particular with their midfield.

“They have great technique, speed on the wings and in the middle [Mark] van Bommel, Johann Vogel and Phillip Cocu will try and put a stranglehold on the game,” he added. “We need to force them to make a few mistakes.”

PSV coach Guus Hiddink is aware of the threat posed by the home side.

“It is true Monaco have an excellent home record, so it is going to be difficult. But we made a reasonable start in the first game which helped a lot,” said Hiddink.

Hiddink will be pleased to see the return of after John de Jong, Cocu and Alex, all of whom have recovered from knocks.

“We won’t just be defending, that’s not in our nature. This team has a very adventurous streak and they will try and cause Monaco problems,” he added.

Probable teams:
Monaco: Roma; Maicon, Rodriguez, Givet, Evra; Zikos, Bernardi, Plasil, Chevanton; Saviola, Kallon.
PSV Eindhoven: Gomes; Ooijer, Alex, Bouma, Young-Pyo; van Bommel, Vogel, Cocu; Ji-Sung; Vennegoor of Hesselink, Farfan

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