Kromkamp eyes key period for Dutch champions

April 10, 2008

AMSTERDAM, April 10 (Eredivisie) - PSV Eindhoven defender Jan Kromkamp knows his team are facing four days which could make or break their season.

Sef Vergoossen's men take on Fiorentina in the second leg of their UEFA Cup quarter-final on Thursday night and can then wrap up the league title against FC Twente on Sunday.

The Dutch giants are in pole position to make the last four of Europe's second competition after drawing 1-1 in Florence last week, while a win at the weekend would guarantee them their fourth successive Eredivisie crown.

Kromkamp told AD Sportwereld: 'This can become a fantastic week for us, with the chance to claim a place in the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup and to become Dutch champions. We have both things in our own hands.'

PSV lead the Eredivisie table by five points from Ajax with just two games remaining, so will even be crowned champions with a defeat if the Amsterdammers fail to win at FC Groningen.

But a slip-up may see the race go down to the final day of the season and, having only snatched the title on goal difference from Ajax and AZ Alkmaar at the death last term, PSV will be keen for it to be decided in a rather less nail-biting fashion this time around.

Former Liverpool man Kromkamp will not settle for just one trophy though; he has set his sights on both.

He added: 'I really do not want to choose (between the UEFA Cup and the league). It is an impossible choice to make, like choosing between my child and my friend.

'We want to take both prizes. But we will not hold back on Thursday for the game on Sunday against FC Twente, certainly not.'

At the other end of the table, Excelsior and VVV Venlo would be all but guaranteed a place in the relegation play-offs if they lose to AZ Alkmaar and Roda JC respectively on Sunday.

Third-bottom Willem II could though climb out of the bottom three with a win at home to Feyenoord.

Excelsior and VVV are both on 26 points, third-bottom Willem II on 28 and De Graafschap, who take on UEFA Cup play-off hopefuls FC Utrecht this weekend, on 29.

Elsewhere, third-placed NAC Breda can confirm their place in the Champions League play-off spots with victory at Heracles.

Only goal difference separates NEC and Vitesse Arnhem as they go head to head looking to boost their UEFA Cup hopes, while Sparta Rotterdam host Heerenveen.