Motagua boss Vazquez: “We giving priority to the SCL”
Diego Martín Vazquez (left) walks out of the pitch with his assistant Ninrol Medina after the first leg of the Scotiabank Concacaf League Round of 16 against Belmopan Bandtis of Belize on July 31, 2018 at the Estadio Nacional in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras– For Motagua Head Coach Diego Vazquez, the 2018 Scotiabank Concacaf League is the first thing on the Honduran club’s list of objectives.

The Argentine manager spoke with media in a press conference on Wednesday ahead of Motagua’s SCL quarterfinal first leg against Portmore United of Jamaica, and stressed that his team is primarily focused on the Concacaf competition.

“Now that we’re in the second round of this Concacaf tournament we are hopeful to keep advancing. These matches have a degree of complexity unlike the domestic league,” said Vazquez.

“It is an international match and we are giving priority to this tournament. All of here know little about the Jamaican league and I don’t believe that it has started, but if they overcame Santos de Guapiles [in the Round of 16], which is a top team in Costa Rica, I believe that Portmore United is very competitive,” added Vazquez.

Motagua reached the quarterfinals of the SCL with a 3-0 aggregate victory over Belize’s Belmopan Bandits in which the Catracho club’s defense kept Bandits’ dangerous attacking force at bay.

Portmore United will provide another challenge, especially with FW Maalique Foster [2 goals in 2018 SCL] in the ranks of the Caribbean side. 

Vazquez is seeking a healthy balance of attack and defense from his squad on Thursday.

“The most important thing in addition to being offensive at home is to have a compact block, to shape a team that can get forward to the goal with a lot of people and do damage. You have to be well set up because the away goal counts a lot. We have worked on all aspects,” concluded Vazquez.