Saprissa looks for SCCL benefit in full schedule

Mariano Torres (left) has played in six career Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League games for Saprissa. (Photo: Imagenes en Costa Rica)

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – Saprissa midfielder Mariano Torres feels that a heavy fixture list in the 2018 Costa Rican Clausura will be no impediment to Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (SCCL) success.

Boasting a 2W-0D-0L (4GF, 0GA) record on the new campaign, the Monstruo Morado will play 12 matches before hosting Club America in the first leg of their 2018 SCCL Round of 16 series on February 21.

“We’re playing every three or four days in five months, but we are the biggest club in Costa Rica and so we have to do it,” said Torres.  “We have two very important matches in February in CONCACAF, meaning more matches for us, which will be good for the rhythm that we’ll carry into it.”

Up next for Saprissa is a visit to winless Cartagines (0-1-1, 1), where it will look to register a third clean sheet in as many Clausura matches.

Goalkeeper Aaron Cruz expects a stiff test from a side that has scored one goal in each of its first two outings.

“Regardless if they have won or not, I think that Cartago is a well-put together side,” the 26-year-old finished.  “It will be a difficult match.”

In the last meeting between them on October 10, 2017, Saprissa earned a 4-3 win on two goals by Julio Cascante, who is no longer with the club.




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