Rutten calls for PSV patience
PSV boss Fred Rutten has urged his players to "keep their cool" and show patience against Rangers.
Last Updated: 10/03/11 9:19am
PSV Eindhoven boss Fred Rutten has urged his players to "keep their cool" and show patience against Rangers.
Rangers boss Walter Smith is expected to opt for a defensive 5-4-1 formation when the two sides met in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 clash in Holland on Thursday.
Despite the defensive formation, Rutten believes his side can score, taking confidence from a 3-1 home victory over Lille and the 1-1 draw with Sampdoria - also at the Philips Stadion - earlier in the competition.
He said: "I think that Rangers will start with five defenders, especially here in Eindhoven. I think their goal will be to prevent us from scoring, while trying to score one goal themselves.
"That five-man defence will become a wall for us to penetrate. But Lille and Sampdoria adopted the same defensive tactics.
"We must keep our cool and not play kick and rush, as Glasgow Rangers are also able to switch quickly from defence to attack."
Rutten feels fully prepared after watching Rangers in action in the Old Firm derby defeat to Celtic, before dispatching one of his scouts to witness the nervous 1-0 win over St Mirren at the weekend.
He added: "I have scouted Rangers thoroughly so I have plenty of information on them ahead of this game."
That information will be invaluable as PSV skipper Orlando Engelaar admits his knowledge of Rangers' players is limited, apart from on-loan Blackburn forward El-Hadji Diouf and Maurice Edu, who netted the goal that saw Rangers progress past Sporting Lisbon in the last round.
Engelaar said: "I have to be honest and admit that I don't really know many of the players. Maybe just a few, like Diouf and Edu, of course.
"But they are obviously a big club, with a great history so we know it won't be easy.
"Rangers will be a strong opponent and they have a lot of strength and are good defensively.
"It will be difficult for us to score a goal, that's what I expect. We will also have to watch out for the counter-attacks because I expect that we will be more on the attacking side."