BELMOPAN, Belize – For Walter Ferretti, its Scotiabank CONCACAF League Round of 16 series with the Belmopan Bandits may as well be tied 0-0 on aggregate.
That is how the Nicaraguan side is approaching Thursday’s away leg in Belize, even though it owns a 4-1 lead after last week’s win in Nicaragua.
“We cannot get overconfident. We are not carrying an excess of confidence because of the advantage,” goalkeeper Denis Espinoza told reporters. “Ferretti always works with its feet on the ground. We know that everything is based on working. We have won everything that way and because of sacrifice.”
With the Belmopan Bandits boasting the likes of Honduras 2010 World Cup veteran Georgie Welcome, who scored via the penalty spot in the opener, Espinoza says nothing will be left to chance.
“It’ll be the same Ferretti as always; a lot of fight, trying to have possession of the ball and giving the best of ourselves,” commented the 33-year-old custodian. “Now we have the chance to qualify for the second round. We are going to take advantage of it and we hope to do it in the best way.”
As long as Walter Ferretti can replicate the first-leg performance, Espinoza feels confident that the Pinoleros will advance.
“We want to control the match with the ball, create spaces and try to be equal to or consistent with the first leg match,” he finished. “If we have the same effectiveness and confidence, we can win again.”