Advocaat keeping calm
A look ahead to the weekend's action in the Dutch Eredivisie, including PSV's clash with VVV Venlo.
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PSV Eindhoven coach Dick Advocaat insists he has no reason to panic as they head into Saturday's home clash with struggling VVV Venlo with their lead at the top of the Eredivisie cut to just two points.
PSV lost 2-1 at fellow title contenders Feyenoord last Sunday but returned to form with a 3-0 midweek stroll at PEC Zwolle in the semi-finals of the KNVB Beker.
Advocaat said: "Of course we can still win the league. We are still on top and we have proved this season that we are just as good or better than any other team in this league.
"We had players injured and suspended but that would be a cheap excuse. We just did not seem to recognise the importance of the game and Feyenoord were the better team in the second half."
Advocaat could restore Swede Ola Toivonen to the bench after his recovery from a hamstring injury that has kept him out since October, but Jeremain Lens and Kevin Strootman are suspended.
Frank De Boer's second-placed Ajax head to managerless FC Twente also looking to improve after three games without a win, including a Europa League exit and a 3-0 home defeat to AZ in the KNVB Beker in midweek.
Like Advocaat, De Boer refused to read too much into the cup exit with the likes of Daley Blind and Siem De Jong expected to return for the trip to Enschede.
De Boer said: "I am satisfied with the players (against AZ) because we were so dominating. We will be very focused for Saturday. Twente are also in a difficult period, and we must be the ones to get out of it."
Twente head into the game without a win in six games, a run which brought an end to Steve McClaren's second spell with the club in midweek. Alfred Schreuder will take charge on an interim basis.
Fresh off the back of last weekend's win over PSV which narrowed the gap between themselves and the leaders to three points, Feyenoord face another stiff test on Sunday at NEC Nijmegen, who have won four of their last five.
Fourth-placed Vitesse Arnhem take on Utrecht, in sixth, on Friday, as the fight for the Europa League places heats up, while Saturday's remaining fixtures see Heerenveen travel to NAC Breda and PEC Zwolle face bottom club Willem II.
Willem are eight points adrift of second-bottom VVV after losing four of their last five.
Third-bottom Roda JC's fight to get out of the relegation places continues on Sunday at home to Groningen, RKC Waalwijk take on in-form AZ, and ADO Den Haag look to return to winning ways at home to Heracles.