KINGSTON, Jamaica – Playing away from home in CONCACAF is never easy, yet that does not seem to be the case for Santos de Guapiles.
In fact, Head Coach Johnny Chaves’ team excelled on the road in last season’s Scotiabank CONCACAF League, registering a 3W-1D-0L record on its way to a runner-up finish.
With that in mind, Chaves feels like his team can overcome the 2-1 deficit in its 2018 SCL Round of 16 tie against Jamaica’s Portmore United when the two teams meet in Thursday’s second leg in Kingston.
“My team plays well when we play away games,” said Chaves in his pre-match press conference.
“I know that Portmore is the [Jamaican Red Stripe Premier League] champion and they will get the support from their fans, so we are focusing on the game. We are trying to put all attention and emotions into what we can do,” added Chaves.
One of the keys to Santos’s success on Thursday night will be stopping the dangerous Portmore United duo of strikers Maalique Foster and Jovan East, who each scored in last week’s first leg.
Chaves believes Santos has the right plan in place to complete a comeback victory in the series.
“In the last game we learned a lot and from that point we’ve prepared for the game. We will need to attack as soon as possible, knowing that the Portmore United strikers can do damage to us. We’ve prepared a plan to prevent the counterattack and try to build up in the best way and create chances to win. I think it could be a good game.”