PANAMA CITY, Panama– With a new Head Coach in place, Panama’s Tauro FC is feeling energized ahead of Thursday night’s Scotiabank Concacaf League semifinal first leg versus Motagua of Honduras.
Last week, Juan Carlos Garcia was replaced by Saul Maldonado as Head Coach of the Canalero club, and the Uruguayan manager believes that the quality is there for Tauro to reach the 2018 SCL final.
“The players here have potential and talent, what was lacking was the technique and the demands to defend more. We saw that in the last match and now we are going to repeat the same [on Thursday],” said Maldonado in a pre-match press conference on Wednesday.
“We have the full intention of reaching high and making the final, with all due respect to the opponent. When you are in a semifinal, logically you want to make the final and that would be very important for us,” added Maldonado.
Also on hand at Wednesday’s press conference was Tauro FW Edwin Aguilar, who believes the change at manager has also injected some much-needed enthusiasm into the squad.
“Things were happening that had me worried, but little by little we have tried to fix them. Now coach Maldonado arrived with a new style of play and we want to adapt ourselves as soon as possible to reach our objectives,” said Aguilar.
Aguilar also acknowledged that it’s up to the players to show the Tauro fans that their home turf will be protected on Thursday night when it squares off against Motagua.
“We have the responsibility of landing a blow of authority and that we have the possibility of getting a positive result so that we can go fight there in Honduras [in the second leg],” concluded Aguilar.