PANAMA CITY, Panama– A year after Olimpia won the first ever Scotiabank Concacaf League, fellow Honduran club Motagua FC is looking to accomplish the same thing, and it can take a big step toward reaching that goal with a good result on Thursday night in its SCL semifinal first leg at Tauro of Panama.
Speaking in a press conference on Wednesday, Motagua DF Juan Pablo Montes stressed the importance of winning the SCL for Motagua and making a return to the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League.
“It is a very big motivation,” said Montes. “We know that it is a very important tournament for us, for the club and we have to take advantage of the opportunity that comes to us. We have to keep making history in this team,” added Montes.
Interestingly enough, of the four SCL semifinalists, Motagua is the only team not to have changed head coaches in the last week.
But even despite the change on the Tauro bench, Montes knows that their Panamanian opponents have the quality to make life difficult for Motagua and that when playing away in Concacaf, the best form of defense is a good attack.
“We know there was a coaching change, we know that they are an organized team, that defends well, that attacks well. We have to attack, not stay back and the most important things is that the team comes in with a positive mentality of getting a good result in this first match,” concluded Montes.