Yeltsin Tejeda (#17) played in all three of Costa Rica's group stage matches at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)
RECIFE, Brasil--- After finishing first in its group at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the Costa Rica has already turned their attention to their next match, an encounter in the second round against Greece.
The Ticos tied England 0-0 on Tuesday and returned to training on Wednesday where several memebers of the team addressed the media. One of them, midfielder Yeltsin Tejeda, said that the team is fully focused on Greece.
“We now change things and we focus on Greece, a team which we know little about,” said Tejeda on the Fedefut website. “So as of now we are focusing on studying man for man, to see each play that they have disputed in the World Cup to get to know better who we are going to face,” added Tejeda.
For striker Joel Campbell, the match against the Greeks is going to be very special, as Campbell will take on three of his teammates from Olympiakos of Greece, where Campbell played on loan last year. In addition, it may be an advantage that Campbell already knows well the Greek team.
“Three or four Greece players are Joel’s teammates and we know that they are strong, we have seen that they make for a good block and at the time of counterattacks they are lethal. We saw the match that they had against the Ivory Coast and we realized that it is an opponent to be very careful of,” declared Tejeda.
The success of Costa Rica in this World Cup have produced a lot of euphoria among the Costa Ricans and also it has excited many fans across the world. Despite all the attention that the team is receiving, defender Michael Umaña pointed out the importance of not being overconfident and staying concentrated on their work.
“We should keep our feet on the ground and not lose sight of our objectives,” concluded Umaña.
Costa Rica will take on Greece in the second round of the World Cup this Sunday at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife.