18:15 – PSV are watching closely tonight as Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s Rangers FC play the Europa League final against Eintracht Frankfurt. A Scottish victory would also do Eindhoven very well.
This has to do with the third preliminary round of the Champions League, where PSV will enter the Eredivisie as number two next season. Whether the club does so as a ‘seeded’ or ‘unseeded’ club depends on which other clubs participate. PSV has to be one of the four clubs with the best coefficient this round, because in the worst case this is not the case. However, one of the clubs with a better coefficient is Rangers FC, which could be an advantage for PSV.
Rangers have qualified for the same preliminary round as PSV via the competition but will skip those if they manage to beat Eintracht Frankfurt. The winner of the Europa League qualifies directly for the group stage of the Champions League. In any case, PSV would be one of the clubs with the best coefficient.
The club that would avoid it anyway is Benfica, the club PSV coach Roger Schmidt will be working at until then. That would not be bad for Eindhoven, because the Portuguese top club in particular stood in the way of a Champions League participation a year earlier. If Olympique Marseille or Stade Rennais finished second in France, that club would also have seeded status. That’s not certain for AS Monaco. Should PSV actually be seeded, Union Sint-Gillis and Sturm Graz are among the possible opponents.