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SoccerNews in Eredivisie 13 Apr 2011

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PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal said his side will go all-out attack in their UEFA Europa League quarter-final second-leg against Benfica.

The Dutch side suffered a 4-1 thrashing in Portugal last week but will look to produce a stunning turnaround at the Philips Stadion on Thursday.

Eduardo Salvio scored a brace for Benfica in the win, while allowing a late goal from Javier Saviola in stoppage time could prove costly for PSV.

Midfielder Bakkal said the side were under no illusions they faced a tough task in Eindhoven, but wanted his side to show attacking intent.

“We are realistic and conscious that it’s going to be very difficult,” Bakkal said.

“There’s nothing else left then but to completely go for it.”

PSV are yet to lose at home in European competition this season, registering four wins and two draws.

They created numerous chances at the Estadio da Luz last week and coach Fred Rutten said the return leg could be a matter of capitalising on their chances.

“We have to be very sharp and alert. If we get the chances like the ones we had there, we have to use them,” Rutten said.

“I know it sounds very simple but those are the facts.”

The Eredivisie side has not won a European competition since beating Benfica in the 1988 European Cup final.

The visiting Portugese outfit are looking to move into their first European semi-final in 17 years.

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