Herediano FW Ruiz: “If we want to be champions, we must do things well”
Yendrick Ruiz (right) with Herediano interim coach Jafet Soto at a press conference on October 31, 2018 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – Even with a 2-0 advantage on aggregate, Costa Rican side Herediano is taking nothing for granted ahead of the second leg of its 2018 Scotiabank Concacaf League final against Motagua of Honduras.

“We know what we are playing for tomorrow,” said Herediano FW Yendrick Ruiz in a pre-match press conference on Wednesday.

“We know that it is not an easy game but we want to earn the championship. We won the first 90 minutes but we know that the series is 180 minutes, so there is no overconfidence. We know what we are going to face so we’re going in with the mentality that we have to do things well. If we want to be champions, we must do things well,” added Ruiz.

Herediano interim Head Coach Jafet Soto echoed those sentiments, saying that his players are focused on the task of playing a good, competitive match and not constantly thinking about the series scoreline.

“We got that 2-0 advantage in the first half of the series, a second half remains and now we want win that second half,” said Soto in the press conference.

“We are not thinking about the advantage, we’re thinking about coming in and playing our football, coming in to compete like this team always does,” added Soto.

Soto also sees his squad as prepared and ready to take on what will surely be an aggressive approach from the home side.

“We’ve studied Motagua’s strong points and we’ve told them to our players. The players are aware and focused and determined and know what they have to do tomorrow to solve how to stop Motagua and also how to attack,” concluded Soto.