TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – Olimpia’s success in the Scotiabank CONCACAF League (SCL) is starting to carry over into its domestic campaign.
On Sunday, three days after sealing a berth in the SCL final, the Leones snapped their four-match winless streak in the 2017 Honduran Apertura with a 2-1 win over visiting Real Sociedad, jumping from eighth to fifth place and improving to 3W-2D-2L (7 points).
“I think that today we were up against a very difficult opponent and a product of that was we had to suffer for the result,” said Olimpia head coach Carlos Restrepo in his post-match press conference. “In the end, we leave with the result that leaves us in the thick of the league, which was the objective…but also with many things to improve.”
Adding to the complexity for Olimpia was being without star striker Carlo Costly, who broke a rib in the first half of last week’s 3-2 loss to Marathon.
Against Real Sociedad, Olimpia got the goals from Brayan Velasquez in the 19th minute and Jose Danilo Tobias in the first minute of second-half stoppage time.
Still, Restrepo feels like his side must work on several key areas as the season progresses.
“We lost the ball. We were a bit passive,” the 56-year-old Colombian finished. “I am trying to make Olimpia strong in ball position. We insist on wanting to hold the ball under concepts and principles that we manage.”
Olimpia returns to action on Wednesday at Juticalpa.