Cocu: The players are prepared

Phillip Cocu says PSV Eindhoven may have to take some risks if they are to secure a place in the Europa League this season.

The Dutch side go into their final Champions League clash with FC Rostov unable to qualify for the knockout stage of the prestigious competition, but have a slight chance of earning a place in the latter stages of Europe's second-tier competition.

Heading into Tuesday night's Group D clash at the Philips Stadion, PSV find themselves bottom of the standings with just one point, three adrift of Rostov and with an inferior goal difference.

Only a win could see them finish in third place, behind Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich.

Ahead of the tie, Cocu said: "I am convinced that FK Rostov will not be looking at what other clubs do in the Netherlands. We have to find a balance of avoiding going behind but also pushing forward and trying to score a goal. It will be an interesting game.

"If before the game we start to think about not making the Europa League and that it would, therefore be a disappointment then we might as well stay at home.

"This is a game where we will have to take risks whether it is a draw or we fall behind at some point in the game. The players are prepared for all scenarios and also that we may have to switch tactics during the match.

"We will fight for the victory against FK Rostov and that is our attitude towards the game  and there will be no negative thoughts within the squad beforehand."