Doha, Qatar: PSV Eindhoven coach Mark van Bommel was all praise for Aspire Zone where his team was currently having their winter training camp.
The 41-year-old said Aspire Zone provides amazing facilities for visiting teams.
“The facilities at Aspire Zone is world class. The hotel is luxurious, food is good, the weather is perfect, and the pitches in Qatar are outstanding,” said Van Bommel at a media conference on Thursday.
The former Bayern Munich captain was impressed with the professionalism of Aspire Zone, saying he would be expecting a big World Cup in 2022 going by how professional things are at Aspire.
“I think it (2022 World Cup) will be a spectacular event as we can see the pitches and the stadiums. If the professionalism we have seen at Aspire Zone is anything to go by, I am expecting big things in 2022,” said Van Bommel.
The former Netherlands defensive midfielder was in Doha four years back with Bayern and pointed out the fact that the German champions are in Doha for a ninth consecutive year speaks volumes about the facilities of Aspire Zone and why Doha makes the perfect winter destination for top clubs.
Van Bommel, who took charge of PSV at the start of the season, has done an incredible job with the team, but said winning the Dutch league won’t be easy.
“It won’t be easy. We won a lot of games, 16 out of 17 but it will be tight until the end with a lot of intense games. We have to go to Amsterdam. We try to win all the games, almost every game but that is almost impossible.
Van Bommel was seen talking with another Dutch superstar Arjen Robben, who has already announced his decision to quit Bayern at the end of the season but the coach said they had not made any offer for the winger. "I can confirm that we haven’t made a formal offer, but I will ask him if he wants to join."
Van Bommel, who played with Xavi at Barca, said the Al Sadd captain would possibly be a good coach.
“As a player I loved to play with him. I played one year with Xavi. Unfortunately, he had an injury in the second half of the season. But if you talk about Xavi, everybody is talking well about his football qualities and his leadership. It is difficult to predict how he will be as a coach but if you see his way of playing and his leadership I think it is possible that he will be a very good coach.”