Action from the CONCACAF Champions League game between Alajuelense and host Cruz Azul (blue jersey) on August 5, 2014, in Mexico City. (Photo: Mexsport)
ALAJUELA, Costa Rica – Alajuelense (0-1-0, 1 point) will make its 2014/15 CONCACAF Champions League home debut, when Panama’s Chorrillo FC (1-0-0, 3 points) visits the Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto on Thursday.
The sides find themselves in an interesting position. Regardless of which one wins, or even if there is a draw, a Central American squad will top the Group 6 table ahead of defending champion Cruz Azul (0-1-1, 1 point).
The Manudos played the Mexican power to a 1-1 draw on the road in Week One, thanks to Armando Alonso’s 64th equalizer. Chorrillo then upset the six-time CONCACAF club champion, 1-0, on August 19 at the Estadio Maracana in Panama City.
Alajuelense head coach Oscar Ramirez realizes that even though Chorrillo had lost its previous four CCL games by a combined score of 15-2 before beating Cruz Azul, his team can’t take anything for granted on this occasion.
“We are missing a few details that need to be sharpened,” said Ramirez. “Both teams we have studied each other and the ‘surprise‘ factor can play an important role. We must be offensive and from a beginning find the spaces to hurt them.
“Victory is vital for us. We rely on a mature squad that is qualified to fulfill the task in these type of instances.”