HEREDIA, Costa Rica – Motagua Head Coach Diego Vazquez is soaking up the excitement of the Scotiabank Concacaf League final and is confident he’ll see the best of his team against Herediano of Costa Rica.
The two teams will meet in the first leg of the 2018 SCL final on Thursday night at the Estadio Eladio Rosabal Cordero in Heredia and Vazquez expects his team to thrive on the big stage.
“The first 90 minutes of this series we will approach with hope, which is why we have made these trips,” said Vazquez in his pre-math press conference on Wednesday.
“We will try to be upbeat to develop that feeling that is needed to have success in the end and enjoy each minute because it’s not every day that you’re in a final,” added Vazquez.
While Motagua has never played in official match on Herediano’s home soil, it did play in the Estadio Eladio Rosabal Cordero in a 2017 friendly that could help the Catrachos on Thursday night.
“Previously a year and a half ago we had a friendly against Alajuelense on this field, it’s nothing strange, we know it. It’s a stadium that is quite small, the fans are on top of you. We know the power that Herediano has, now with technology everything is known and we have seen them every Sunday in their domestic league,” said Vazquez.
Vazquez also emphasized the importance of staying focused on the first leg and not letting thoughts drift to celebrating a title in front of the home fans after the second leg.
“The positive thing is that the match gives us a chance to close at home with our fans. If we look at it from that point of view, it’s fantastic. On the other hand, to achieve that success we have to win away while always respecting and apart from that wanting to play a good match,” concluded Vazquez.