SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras – Olimpia Head Coach Pedro Troglio is fully aware of the threat posed by Deportivo Saprissa of Costa Rica heading into Thursday night’s semifinal first leg of the 2019 Scotiabank Concacaf League.
Speaking with reporters in Wednesday’s pre-match press conference, the boss of the Honduran club highlighted the strengths possessed by the Tico outfit.
“We’ve seen the last five or six matches of Saprissa, a team that plays well going forward, with very fast players,” said Troglio.
“We saw their match from the last round, we saw their match against Alajuelense, against Cartagines, against Limon. We’ve seen all those games and we think that they are going to play similarly,” added Troglio.
The Argentine manager expects Saprissa to try to control the game, so Troglio plans to counter the Saprissa attack by relying on his team’s work in transition.
“We know their team, we know they have game-changing midfielders who can score, who are fast and like any team that likes to go forward, we know they might have difficulties defending. We will try to be a compact team that recovers the ball and strikes on the counterattack,” said Troglio.
Joining Troglio as the press conference was DF Johnny Leveron, who will be one of the many Olimpia players tasked with making sure his team stay on the same page when Saprissa has the ball.
“We have to maintain our compactness. They have players with good feet, who are very technical and players who are very fast,” said Leveron. “They control the ball really well so we have to be focused, united and compact and aware of any long balls.”
While acknowledging Saprissa’s potential, Troglio also feels confident that over the course of the two legs that his team can emerge victorious by sticking to their game-plan.
“We know that we are playing against a great team, a tough one, that plays well, so we will try to take things forward. We’re convinced that we go into the match in good shape and hope that in these 180 minutes we can develop our game,” concluded Troglio.