PSV posted a farewell message yesterday on social media and also published an interview in which the coach, who was second with the team in the Dutch league, just two points behind Ajax (who won the competition), looks back on the two seasons he spent at the Eindhoven club; without however mentioning Benfica, with whom he has an agreement to sign a contract valid from next season and valid for two seasons plus an option – with a release clause of 10 million euros.
“I’m still evolving as a coach and we take advantage of every moment, of each club, to acquire more experience and therefore, more experienced, I think we also become better coaches”, underlined Roger Schmidt, without ever mentioning Benfica.
“What am I going to do? [ depois do campeonato terminar nos Países Baixos] I don’t know… First have dinner with the guys and hang out together. Am I going to take time? Of course it’s vacation time, it was a very hard season, a lot of games and now it’s time to relax a bit,” said the German coach, who, answering a question about what It would take for PSV to be better, presented this interview, part of what can also serve as a recipe for Benfica’s success next season:
“Football is actually very simple and you have to work every day to be a champion. […] Winning the PSV championship would have been a perfect ending…”
The club also published a photo of the testimonial transmission between Roger Schmidt and the next manager, former striker Ruud van Nistelrooy:
-PSV (@PSV) May 17, 2022