SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – Just two days after Osvaldo Escudero replaced Jorge Daniel Casanova as head coach, Aguila will host Arabe Unido in a 2017 Scotiabank CONCACAF League quarterfinal, first-leg encounter on Wednesday at the Estadio Cuscatlan.
The Argentine manager is anxious to hit the ground running.
“It is a beautiful challenge,” said Escudero during Tuesday’s pre-match press conference. “The truth is that I am anxiously awaiting this match, although there hasn’t been a lot of time to work. You can only point out how to play the game.
“I know that it is important for Aguila to earn a good result, to have a good performance and we hope that the boys can be focused.”
Winger Victor Garcia says that he and his teammates will be ready.
“We are motivated to be in this phase, happy to be tackling this round, although it will not be easy. Each one of us is aware of that,” the 22-year-old remarked. “We are each going to take it with responsibility and that is important for the team. We are going in search of a good result.”
For Escudero, Wednesday’s match will be his first in a CONCACAF competition since guiding Santa Tecla through the 2015/16 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League group stage with a 0W-2D-2L.
Under Casanova, Aguila prevailed over Nicaragua’s Real Esteli in the Round of 16, 4-3 on penalty kicks, after their series ended level on aggregate, 1-1.
Getting past Arabe Unido, which advanced to the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals, could prove to be even more difficult. The Panamanian power progressed over Central FC (agg: 5-1).
“In the last match they (Arabe Unido) won very comfortably, 3-0,” concluded Escudero. “The opponent did not put forth much resistance, but [Arabe Unido] is a rival to respect. They have good forwards. I don’t think they are coming to defend. That is going to benefit us to try to impose our football and try come out to win.”