SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – Santos de Guapiles has no plans to sit on its 1-0 aggregate lead against Chorrillo FC, when the sides meet Tuesday in the second leg of their 2017 Scotiabank CONCACAF League quarterfinal.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference Monday, head coach Johnny Chaves signaled that fans can expect Santos to be on the attack at the Estadio Nacional, unlike the defensive stance it took on the road last week.
“We have to look to have the initiative, not let them believe, and to increase the advantage,” said Chaves. “So yes, the system is going to vary. The idea is to have more of a presence in attack because in Panama we sacrificed a man up top to strengthen ourselves in the back, but now the idea is the reverse.”
Chaves is well aware of the threat posed by Chorrillo FC, which added Panama international Rolando Blackburn to its roster before traveling to Costa Rica. The 27-year-old forward has eight career Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League goals in stints with Comunicaciones and Saprissa.
With that new threat to manage, Chaves knows that Chorrillo will be difficult to eliminate.
“Chorrillo has played Champions League and has had an important international experience, which makes this series close,” the 46-year-old finished. “Santos is obliged to take out its footballing baggage against a team that has had good international matches and is still alive in this series. It is the most complicated match that we have.”
In its previous SCL home match, Santos earned a 6-2 win over Trinidad & Tobago’s San Juan Jabloteh earlier on August 1.