Action from the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League game between Alianza (white jersey) and the visiting New York Red Bulls on August 16, 2016, in San Salvador, El Salvador. (Photo: Mexsport)
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – Alianza head coach Daniel Fernandez is hoping to see improvement from his team when it hosts Antigua GFC on Tuesday in the second 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League match for each.
A win by Alianza (0W-1D-0L, 1 point) in the Group F clash will put it into a tie for first place with the New York Red Bulls (1-1-0, 4), while Antigua (0-0-1, 0) is looking to secure its first-ever point in the competition.
The Albos will enter the encounter on the heels of 1-0 Salvadoran Apertura win over fellow SCCL participant Dragon.
“We should not play as loosely,” Fernandez said after the game in which Walter Excequiel Vazquez scored the game-winner. “We still can work on that, but they are small details.”
With its second win of the domestic season, Alianza (2-0-3, 6) moved up to sixth place, only three points behind a trio of teams currently sharing first place.
“We came in with a lot of pressure,” continued Fernandez. “At Alianza, pressure always exists. I understand the moods of the fans because it happens like that in big teams. This win helps us alleviate that.
“We managed to calm the anxiety. It has been tough for us from the start for all that comes with being champion…that we are a “dream team.” The truth is that we are a humble team. We work a lot physically.”
Based on the performance against Dragon, midfielder Oscar Guererro believes that Alianza has turned a corner and will be clicking on all cylinders once again.
“The team knew that it had to get back to winning,” he finished. “We are on the rise. We will show all of our power soon.”