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El éxito de Santos refleja el crecimiento futbolístico de Costa Rica
Santos de Guápiles (en la foto) busca convertirse en el primer equipo costarricense en levantar un trofeo de la CONCACAF desde que Saprissa ganó la Copa de Campeones CONCACAF en el 2005. (Foto: Imágenes en Costa Rica)

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras - Son momentos de júbilo para los aficionados al fútbol costarricense.

- La selección nacional se clasificó recientemente para la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2018.

- Keylor Navas es el portero titular del Real Madrid, el actual campeón de la UEFA Champions League, del Mundial de Clubes de la FIFA y de la Liga española.

- Dos equipos (Saprissa y Herediano) participarán en la edición 2018 de la Liga de Campeones de la CONCACAF Scotiabank , y podrían ser tres si Santos de Guápiles gana la final de la Liga CONCACAF contra el Olimpia. 

Para el entrenador de Santos, Johnny Chaves, la clasificación de su equipo a la final de la SCL lo que mejor refleja la amplitud del fútbol costarricense en este momento.

“Si todos los países suben su nivel, pues vamos a ganar todos,” manifestó Chaves en una conferencia de prensa el miércoles.  “En Costa Rica es igual. No sólo que sea Saprissa, Alajuelense. Santos es un buen proyecto, que quiere estar en competencias. Ya le dije a los jugadores. No es Santos de Guápiles, es Santos de Costa Rica y esperemos dar una alegría al país.”

Se espera una fascinante partida de ajedrez entre el equipo que dirige Chaves y el Olimpia.

Mientras los hondureños se jactan de un potente ataque con 14 goles en la actual Liga CONCACAF y los dos máximos anotadores del torneo con Roger Rojas (5 goles) y Carlo Costly (empatado en segundo con 4), Santos hace gala de una defensa que solo ha concedido solo tres goles.

Chaves dice que espera una dura prueba de los Leones.

“Olimpia tiene un estilo definido” “Tiene buenos jugadores por las bandas, en el centro del campo tiene jugadores con experiencia táctica y por arriba Costly sigue siendo un referente, sabe como jugar, sabe como aprovechar los espacios y tiene muchas fortalezas.” finalizó
 
Santos nunca ha ganado un título de alto vuelo en Costa Rica y esta será su primera final a nivel de clubes en la CONCACAF.

 
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