• Wednesday Oct 29, 2014

    Comunicaciones’ Olivera targets CCL return

    Comunicaciones head coach Willy Olivera (pictured) prepares for a training session.

    GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala – Despite being eliminated from the 2014/15 CONCACAF Champions League after a 2-0 loss at Club America last week in the last Group 8 match, Comunicaciones head coach Willy Olivera was pleased by his side’s participation in the competition. 

    And he is already aiming for a swift return.

    The Uruguayan believes that the Cremas demonstrated their quality and proved it could compete at this level.

    "The most important thing was that we realized that the players can be counted on as equals against a difficult on any field,” said Olivera.  "Before the (Club America) game we talked to the guys that if we a negative result, at least we implemented our idea of trying to play well with the ball, playing football, being a compact.”

    In May, Olivera was given the four-time defending Guatemalan champion’s managerial reins, replacing Ivan Sopegno, who took over as the head coach of Guatemala.  He was impressed by his team’s efforts throughout its CCL stay.

    "It (the team) was very organized and had a lot of personality."

    Comunicaciones compiled a 2-1-1 CCL record, scoring eight and conceding only three.  A 1-1 draw at home against Club America on August 26 was a highlight.

    "Before, when we would play away, it was hard to make three or four touches or we tried to win in another way,” Olivera commented.  "I believe that we give up when we don’t play the game the way we like and, at times, it went well.

    "We are excited by the intensity with which we play, the personality that we show when we have the ball.”

    The 48-year-old is already looking forward to Comunicaciones’ next CCL foray.

    "We will be back for next season and I'm sure we will give you more to talk about what we do," he said.

    For now, Comunicaciones is focused on winning a fifth straight Guatemalan title.  It currently sits third in the Apertura standings, three points behind Marquense, which has played one more game.

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