Action from the friendly between San Lorenzo (white jersey) and host Saprissa on July 10, 2016, in Tibas, San Jose, Costa Rica. (Photo courtesy of Deportivo Saprissa)
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – Despite his team’s 4-2 defeat in its final preseason match to visiting San Lorenzo on Sunday, Saprissa head coach Carlos Watson was able to take many positives from the performance.
The Monstruo Morado jumped out to a 2-0 lead through Daniel Colindres (11’) and Fabrizio Ronchetti (24’), before the 2014 Copa Libertadores champion responded with four unanswered goals at the Estadio Saprissa.
“We had an extremely intense match against San Lorenzo,” said Watson. “We knew that it was going to be like that because we saw them before their visit. Starting the match we put in the intensity, pressuring until they got to us because they prepared well and came back at an opportune moment.”
San Lorenzo made it 2-2 heading into halftime and then struck two more times in the last 22 minutes against the host, which finished with 10 players against Francisco Calvo’s 81st minute ejection.
“At the start the second half, we wanted balance in order to take the ball away from them, but we needed another man to accompany [midfielder] David Guzman,” Watson added. “It went well until the third goal fell and we lost a man. Later, they dominated us until the end.”
Saprissa will open the 2016 Costa Rican Invierno season against visiting San Carlos on July 16 and will launch its sixth Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League campaign by hosting El Salvador’s Dragon on August 18.
When asked if Saprissa will be looking to add any more players during the transfer window, Watson commented that he is satisfied with the current squad.
“We’re happy with the roster that we have,” finished the 64-year-old. “We had the match that we wanted. The assessment that will be done is to enrich the team. We knew that some of the shortcomings we had were going to happen against a similar team. The players are going to understand to what we were referring in order to overcome many of the things they experienced against San Lorenzo.”