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Aug 28, 2013

Cocu: Anything can happen in UCL

PSV Eindhoven manager Phillip Cocu said his team are “prepared for anything” when they travel to face AC Milan for the second-leg of their Champions League qualifier.

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PSV and Milan head to the San Siro on Wednesday locked at 1-1 from the first-leg where the Dutch side fought back from conceding early in the first-half.

And despite the Italian club only needing a goal-less draw to advance to the competition’s group stage, Cocu was confident his side could rise to the occasion.

“Playing at home is different to being away,” Cocu said. “We played a good game in Eindhoven and are confident we can also do well tomorrow in Milan’s stadium.

“It is a wonderful moment for me as well as the team, as being able to measure yourself up against a side like Milan is great.

“This brings tension, but it is a positive tension, a sensation you need in football. My job is also to help my players to experience and use this pressure.

“We are prepared for anything. I don’t know how Milan will approach the game, whether they will defend or attack. In such an important match with so much at stake, anything could happen.”

Milan will welcome back Brazilian Robinho and young defender Mattia De Sciglio after the duo passed fit heading into the match.

However, Cocu is not without hope after Milan fell to a 2-1 loss to Hellas Verona in their opening Serie A fixture.

“Milan have the luxury of being able to choose between great players,” Cocu said. “We have to step on to the field knowing we must control these players.

“Did we see Milan’s defeat to Verona? Yes, we watched it.”

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