• Tuesday Oct 20, 2015

    Santos hosts Saprissa on Tuesday in key SCCL clash

    Action the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League match between host Saprissa and Santos (green/white jersey) on August 25, 2015, in San Jose, Costa Rica. (Photo: Imagenes en Costa Rica)

    TORREON, Mexico – In Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, Group A play, it all comes down to one game. 

    Santos hosts Saprissa on Tuesday night at the Estadio Corona with a berth in the knockout stage at stake. 

    Both teams are level on six points through three rounds and have a plus-four goal differential. Saprissa has the edge going into the match, though, due to a 2-1 win in their first meeting on August 25. 

    Douglas Sequeira, the Monstruo Morado’s new head coach, wasn’t at the helm for that victory. The attitude, though, remains the same as it was under previous manager Jeaustin Campos, who was replaced last month. 

    “Saprissa has to be smart, dedicated and disciplined on the field to advance for the second round,” defender Gabriel Badilla said. “We cannot enter into it thinking that we depend on a result.” 

    A draw would see the Costa Rican power through, but the focus is on securing three points. 

    “We cannot play for a draw,” commented defender Francisco Calvo. “We have to play intelligently. Right now they are desperate. Against Santos Laguna, it is our most important game of the season.” 

    While coming in with the right mindset is important, managing the opening minutes of the game will also be vital for Saprissa. 

    “We know that Santos is going to come over in the first minutes,” goalkeeper Dany Carvajal remarked. “We know that the draw qualifies us, but we do not think about it. We will seek victory and play an intelligent game.” 

    Santos, meanwhile, goes into the pivotal showdown with confidence following a win at Veracruz on Friday after three straight draws in the Liga MX Apertura. 

    “We were on the road, we were still dominant in phases, logically the result gives us confidence,” Santos head coach Pako Ayestaran said. “You realize that people start to believe more and have more determination from that point of view is positive. We going for the win against Saprissa. Always go out to win. We are not going to change anything.”

     

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