70 goals for and 10 against in the league, in which they are unbeaten with 20 wins and two draws. The Philips Stadium has also proven to be impregnable in the Champions League to date. Only Sevilla and Arsenal have drawn. Facts and info on our last 16 opponents.

Dominant: 70 goals for, 10 against

PSV Eindhoven currently sit atop the Eredivisie table with a 13-point advantage over Feyenoord; none of their 22 league matches to date have ended in defeat. The team have scored the most goals in the Dutch top flight by some distance (70) and have conceded by far the fewest (10). If there is anything at all to criticise, it is the fact that PSV won every single league match before the winter break, while their points average has decreased from 3.0 to "only" 2.3 in the new year. They failed to win for the first time in Utrecht and Amsterdam (1-1 in both cases), and the title-holders were also knocked out of the domestic cup following a 1-0 loss in Rotterdam.

Home fortress: 15 out of 17

PSV are still unbeaten on home turf. What's more: they have won 15 of their 17 matches at the Philips Stadium (capacity of 35,119) across all competitions. Only in their group matches against Sevilla (2-2) and Arsenal (1-1) have they had to settle for a point. The power that the team can generate in front of their own supporters has not only been felt by Rangers, who were overrun after the break in the play-off round return leg and thrashed by a 5-1 scoreline. They have also racked up five goals in the league against Ajax (5-2) and a goal difference of 33-5 in league home games.

The path: 10 games to the round of 16

Last year's runners-up in the Netherlands had to come through two knockout rounds to secure their place among the elite. PSV comfortably swept aside Sturm Graz (4-1, 3-1), before twice coming back from behind to battle their way to a 2-2 draw in the first leg against Rangers in Glasgow. At home, their visitors briefly held hope of taking the tie to extra-time after reducing the deficit to 2-1, but then the attack turned on the style and ran the Scots into the ground (final score 5-1). PSV thus reached the group stages of the UEFA Champions League for the 17th time, but they were clearly shown their limits at the outset. The game away to Arsenal was already over by the break (3-0) and the Dutch outfit ultimately returned home following a 4-0 defeat. They then salvaged a late and fortuitous 2-2 draw against Sevilla before being held to a 1-1 stalemate in Lens. That meant that Eindhoven were bottom of the table after the third round of matches and at the halfway point of the group stages. But wins against Lens (1-0) and in Seville, where they found themselves 2-0 behind after 47 minutes only to turn it around and score the winner in a 3-2 victory in the second minute of stoppage time, saw them prematurely wrap up second spot in the table. They rounded off the group with a 1-1 draw against Arsenal.

Successes: No. 2 in the Netherlands

With 24 league titles and 11 cup wins, PSV Eindhoven are the second-most successful club in the Netherlands behind Ajax (36 league titles and 20 cup wins). Feyenoord are third in the ranking list (16 / 13). Internationally, however, both of their rivals have tasted more success. Eindhoven are in the Champions League knockouts for the fifth time; their best performance came almost 20 years ago when they eventually succumbed to defeat to AC Milan in the semi-finals (2-0 loss, 3-1 win). The Italians scored the decisive goal in the 91st minute to win on away goals. PSV Eindhoven particularly shone in the European Cup, in which they lifted the trophy in 1988 and reached the round of 16 on at least 10 occasions. The UEFA Cup (1978) is also in the club's trophy cabinet.

The stadium: More than one take

Like in Dortmund, the atmosphere is outstandingly good; like in Dortmund, the stadium is in the city; like in Dortmund, there have been several renovations and expansions. The Philips Stadium, which was opened in 1913, has been renovated 11 times in total. It now has 35,119 seats.

The star: 26 goals at 33

He wore a Barcelona shirt for 12 months and the orange shirt of the Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbal Bond for 12 years (from 2010 to 2022). Luuk de Jong has been around the block, has also played in the Bundesliga (for Borussia Mönchengladbach from July 2012 to January 2014) and has had two spells at PSV Eindhoven – from 2015 to 2019 and 2022 to the present. The temporary detour to Spain paid off: in the coronavirus summer of 2020, he won the Europe League with Sevilla in Cologne. This season, the 33-year-old has been the difference-maker in the PSV attack. De Jong has netted 19 goals in 22 appearances in the Eredivisie, scored five times in the four Champions League qualification matches and contributed two further goals in the group stages, making it 1-1 in the 2-2 draw against his former club Sevilla and opening the scoring in the 1-0 win over Lens. Incidentally: the Dutchman was born in Switzerland, where his parents were playing semi-professional volleyball.

Historical gallery: From Robben to Ronaldo

Hans van Breukelen in goal; Eric Gerets, the Koeman brothers Erwin and Ronald, Huub Stevens and Jaap Stam in defence. Arjen Robben, Marc van Bommel, Phillip Cocu, Ruud Gullit, Willy van de Kerkhof, Sören Lerby, Gerald Vanenburg and Georginio Wijnaldum in midfield, plus the forwards René van de Kerkhof, Wim Kieft, Patrick Kluivert, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Ronaldo – a good thing that those players were not active in the same era. After all, which of those superstars – who all plied their trade in Eindhoven and kickstarted a global career there or became world stars at the club – would you put on the bench as PSV coach? Okay, Stevens wasn't a world star – but in the Ruhr region, 30 kilometres to the east, he was an icon...
Compiled by Boris Rupert