Action from the August 22, 2013, CONCACAF Champions League game between host Comunicaciones (white) and Toluca on August 22, 2013, at the Estadio Cementos Progreso in Guatemala City. (Photo: Juan Meono)
TOLUCA, Mexico – Despite having to play away and needing to win by two goals or more to advance, Comunicaciones is optimistic ahead of its CONCACAF Champions League Group 6 match against Toluca on Tuesday.
Comunicaciones turned in strong performance against the Diablos Rojos in a 2-1 loss on matchday two. The challenge of playing at the Estadio Nemesio Diez will be a difficult one, but the Guatemalan side is not shying away.
“We want to put on a good show,” said head coach Ivan Franco Sopengo. “Like we’ve always said, the team shows up in difficult moments and we hope that this time won’t be an exception, although we know that we go against other realities, but still we can hope to qualify.”
The Cremas will have attacking midfielder Paolo Suarez at their disposal. The Uruguayan scored three goals in a 3-0 CCL win over Caledonia AIA on August 29 and struck again in domestic league play over the weekend against Coatepeque.
He is confident that Comunicaciones can get the result it needs.
“We still have a chance and we go in with the faith that the result can be had that puts us into the next round,” said the 33-year-old, who has eight career CCL tallies to his credit.
Toluca has secured maximum points from its three group games. The two-time CONCACAF club champion needs only a draw to seal a place in the CCL quarterfinals for the third time in as many attempts.
With a victory against Comunicaciones, it will equal a team record with four straight wins in the competition.