Dutch media highlight that, in comparison, Feyenoord’s support for their European expedition stands in stark contrast.
Ticketing challenges for the Dutch side
Arsenal face PSV next week at the Emirates in what promises to be an exciting group stage opener of the Champions League on September 20.
Astonishingly, as of Monday, PSV have only managed to shift 1,600 of the 2,700 tickets allotted to them by the Gunners.
This is a mere fraction, less than sixty percent, of the total available seats in the away section.
Comparative fervour: Feyenoord vs PSV
On the other side of the spectrum, Feyenoord seem to have no such challenges.
They’ve successfully sold every single one of the 3,431 tickets provided for their fixture against Atlético Madrid in Spain on October 4.
This show of support for Feyenoord puts into perspective the wavering enthusiasm from PSV’s contingent, especially considering the prestige of playing a team like Arsenal, writes Dutch journalist, Demen Bülbül.
Rivalry and reactions
As expected, this disparity hasn’t gone unnoticed.
Supporters of other football clubs have taken to social media to express their bewilderment and, in some cases, mirth over PSV’s seeming lack of away support for their marquee match at the Emirates Stadium.
While Feyenoord’s travelling support showcases the passion the Dutch have for football, PSV’s current ticket sales saga to the Arsenal match remains an anomaly.
As the days inch closer to the clash, it remains to be seen if there will be a late surge in ticket sales for PSV.