PANAMA CITY, Panama – Arabe Unido head coach Sergio Guzman knows that a difficult 180 minutes await his team in its 2017 Scotiabank CONCACAF League semifinal series against Santos de Guapiles, which kicks off Wednesday at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez.
“Seeing the videos of them [in the quarterfinal round] against Chorrillo, it is a team that makes itself strong in defense,” said the 47-year-old Colombian. “[It is] a team that knows how it plays, a team that in reality has well-defined tactical fundamentals and a team that scores a lot of goals at home.”
A mainstay in CONCACAF competition with five all-time appearances in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, this current version of Arabe Unido reached a final four for the first time despite falling 1-0 at home to Aguila in the quarterfinal, second leg, advancing 2-1 on aggregate.
So it was no surprise to hear Guzman say that when Arabe Unido take the field against Santos, it will play the same brand of football that has delivered a 13W-1D-6L record in the last 20 CONCACAF outings.
“We will play our game, quick transitions and ball possession, all of this with precaution,” he finished. “We know that it’s going to be a difficult match, but knowing that it’s 180 minutes; the first 90 in our home and trying to make home field count. We are going to do everything possible to overcome this opponent.”