Coach Schmidt is ‘very proud’
World champion Götze wins cup with Eindhoven
Coach Roger Schmidt and world champion Mario Götze triumph in the cup final in the Netherlands. A surprising 2-1 victory against Ajax Amsterdam even gives them a chance to double. The outgoing coach is “very proud” of his team. The opponent’s season is coming to an end.
Mario Götze shouted his joy with the silver winner’s trophy in his hand. And outgoing coach Roger Schmidt knelt with clenched fists and euphoric cheers after winning the cup with PSV Eindhoven. “I’m very proud to be the coach of this team. What I saw today was incredible,” Schmidt said. On Easter Sunday, 2014 world champion Götze and his team won 2-1 (0-1) against Ajax Amsterdam in a thrilling final and triumphed for the tenth time in the Dutch Soccer Cup.
For PSV, it was the first title in this competition since 2012, while Ajax bet their third consecutive victory and the possibility of a double.
“I love this team and what they showed today,” Schmidt said after his side were knocked out by Leicester City in the Conference League quarter-finals on Thursday. “To pull together like this is really phenomenal,” said the 55-year-old, who is leaving PSV at the end of the season. According to the media, the former Bundesliga coach of Leverkusen is set to be involved with Benfica Lisbon.
PSV still dreams of a double
Ajax, on the other hand, are fighting for at least one more title this season. In the league, the club is four points ahead of Eindhoven with five games remaining. Ajax was knocked out in the Champions League round of 16, before the season the club had already lost the Supercup match against PSV and Schmidt.
Dutchman Ryan Gravenberch gave Ajax the lead after a one-two with former Bremen Davy Klaassen (23rd minute). PSV turned things around after the break with a brace from Erick Gutierrez (48′) and Cody Gakpo (50′).
According to the police, 22 people were arrested around the match, in particular for having fought and having launched fireworks. Three people were injured. After the management of PSV, there were brief clashes between fans in the stadium, but these were quickly brought under control. Additionally, four buses with around 200 Ajax supporters were stopped on a highway before the match, and half of the fans were sent back to Amsterdam due to deliberate evasion of controls and possession of drugs.