Saprissa focused on Pachuca challenge

Saprissa's Roy Miller (pictured) keeps his eye on the ball during a Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League match against visiting Pachuca on February 21, 2017, in Tibas, San Jose, Costa Rica. (Photo: Mexsport)/em>

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – It has been six years since Saprissa last competed in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League semifinals.  If the Costa Rican power wants to do it again, it must either beat host Pachuca or score in a draw on Tuesday.

The task wouldn’t be an easy one for any team, especially considering that the Tuzos have never lost at home in SCCL play, posting an 11W-1D-0L record, while scoring 30 goals and conceding only five.

Using all that as a backdrop, Saprissa head coach Carlos Watson is cognizant of what needs to be done.

“We know perfectly well how the opponent is, the circumstances in which we are going to compete,” said Watson.  “The environment is very clear.”

In last week’s scoreless first leg, Pachuca was shutout for the first-ever time in the SCCL.

Saprissa’s defensive performance was impressive – earning SCCL Best XI honors for Heiner Mora and Roy Miller -- but it will have to be replicated on the Estadio Hidalgo pitch.

Towards that end, Watson has only one thing on his mind: Pachuca.

“We think about Pachuca.  We want to win,” he finished.  “We want to move forward.”

Alajuelense and Herediano were the last Costa Rican clubs to reach the SCCL semifinals, both doing so during the 2014/15 edition.