PSV Eindhoven boss Fred Rutten has indicated that the Europa League is perhaps not what he is after this season.
The Dutch Eredivisie leaders meet Scottish giants Rangers tonight in the second leg of their Round of 16 clash at Ibrox but Rutten’s comments suggest he will not be too perturbed if the result does not go their way.
“Not many of our players have won anything in Europe so that is a big incentive for them,” he told the Herald Scotland.
“But the main goal of the team this year is to win the league. So having to play more matches in Europe could be a drain on the players’ physical strength.”
However, Rutten also touched on the financial position of his club and how progressing to the quarter-finals could help.
“There is a responsibility on the part of the players because of the financial situation at the club,” he added. “The problems are not that big. It’s a small problem. But I’m the coach, eh? I’m not a financial manager. So I think that’s enough about that.”
It seems like it could be all be just a bit of fodder from the Dutchman but I guess we will see tonight.