Toluca, shown above, will look to take control of Group 6 in the CONCACAF Champions League when it meets host Comunicaciones on August 22, 2013, in Guatemala City. (Photo: Mexsport)
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GUATEMALA CITY – Toluca hopes to make it two wins in two games, when it visits Guatemala’s Comunicaciones on Thursday in a CONCACAF Champions League encounter at the Estadio Cementos Progreso.
The Mexican side won its Group 6 opener at home, 3-1, slightly more than two weeks ago against Trinidad & Tobago’s Caledonia AIA
Comunicaciones, which won the 1978 CONCACAF Champions Cup, is making its third CCL appearance.
Since the match will be played on artificial turf, Toluca trained on a similar surface in Mexico prior to departing for Guatemala City.
“We trained today on artificial turf and it’s important to adapt yourself to all of the circumstances that may be presented in the match,” said defender Aaron Galindo on Tuesday. “In light of them playing there and knowing the field well, I still think that Toluca has plenty more quality, so we will take it into account but [the field] will not be a factor.”
Red Devils midfielder Edy Brambila also praised the quality of their opponent.
“They are a strong team who are doing well in their league and so we need to be on the offensive and win the match, whomever it is, if it’s the league leaders or a team outside of the league, we always have to think of beating them,” Brambila commented.
Comunicaciones will certainly enter the match in a confident mood, especially since it is riding a 15-game unbeaten streak dating back to April 15. The Cremas will rely on a defense that has only allowed one goal during the current domestic campaign.
The Cremas have traditionally been strong at home in the CCL, posting four wins and two draws in seven games. They prevail over Mexican opposition at the Cementos Progreso on two occasions, defeating Pumas, 2-1, in 2009, and shocking Monterrey, 1-0 in 2011.
Another statistic that bodes well for Comunicaciones is the fact that Toluca is winless in seven straight CCL games on the road, including three consecutive losses.