HEREDIA, Costa Rica – Despite a 2-0 defeat to Herediano in the first leg of the 2018 Scotiabank Concacaf League final, Motagua Head Coach Diego Vazquez is optimistic that his team can mount a comeback in next week’s second leg in Honduras.
“The series is open, in Tegucigalpa we are very strong,” said Vazquez in his post-match press conference.
In Thursday night’s contest at the Estadio Rosabel Cordero in Heredia, the Catracho club conceded a goal in the 2018 SCL for just the third time in seven matches in the 2018 SCL.
A Herediano counterattack produced the first goal, while a Motagua defensive error yielded the Costa Rican club’s second.
Vazquez pointed to the first goal as the match’s pivotal moment.
“They can’t score a goal on us on a set piece in our favor, they caught us poorly set up and that first score gave them confidence and calm,” said Vazquez.
The Motagua boss also acknowledged that Herediano was the strong side with the ball.
“Herediano were clearly better than us on ball possession. We have to improve that for next week. We are facing a great opponent, they control the ball well,” concluded Vazquez.
Herediano and Motagua will meet in the second leg next Thursday, November 1 at the Estadio Tiburcio Carias Andino in Tegucigalpa.