PANAMA CITY, Panama – Plaza Amador is not giving up without a fight just because it is staring at a 7-1 deficit for the second leg of its 2017 Scotiabank CONCACAF League semifinal against host Olimpia on Thursday night in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
“It might seem [impossible], but we are going to try it,” said Plaza Amador head coach Jair Palacios. “Trying is not a sin and against a team that lost over the weekend. [Olimpia] is a team that has an identity, which maintains a good level in Honduras…although in the domestic league it is not in the best position. But we know what they represent at the international level.
“It is difficult enough challenge, but it should not stop one from trying to do things well, which is what’s needed.”
The mountain to climb is steep, but Plaza Amador should not be discounted, especially when you consider that it sits atop the 2017 Panamanian Apertura table and also beat Mexican power Tigres, 1-0, in last year’s Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League.
Those recent successes, in comparison to the Olimpia setback, have left Palacios nonplussed.
“This is a team that internationally has been very good,” he finished. “An example is the first game that we had in the Champions League against Tigres, against Herediano, with whom we had good games. Seeing it from Olimpia [match], one is left concerned and does not understand.”