Concacaf Champions Cup

They said it: 'We’re optimistic and we know we can do this'


Orlando City coach Oscar Pareja 

On his thoughts of the result ...

“First off, a marvelous atmosphere in El Volcán tonight and in this footballing city. A great team that we played, that was obvious, and us with a lot of courage. We had moments when we equalized the game and the volume that Tigres had. In the second half I think we created more chances where we could have potentially walked away with more than a draw. The boys did a great job tonight and of course there were some things we need to improve on. We’re happy. It’s not easy to come to Monterrey and leave with a result.” 

On his best aspect tonight and the clean sheet  ...

“I think to keep Tigres scoreless is not easy. For our part in our defensive zone, we understood the game, that they like to open the lines, to center the ball a lot and of course it depends on their positioning in the area, but we controlled the game well. I think that’s the success we had tonight, to maintain a clean sheet, obviously Pedro Gallese’s actions tonight as well. But more than that we had moments where we suffered and I’m very happy because we understood how to guard them well and defended their sequences and their football. We had to get through to the times when we had our chances and we did that. A very good game tonight.” 

On what Tigres can expect at Exploria Stadium ...

“As you know, this is still a young team, but with very passionate supporters and the culture they have developed is very good. We came in to be the protagonists of MLS these last three years, we already won a championship and to enter a competition for the first time against Tigres we also had to install a good plan. Tigres is going to find a team with a lot of courage, with passionate fans and surely we’ll do everything we can to go through to the next round because we’re optimistic and we know we can do this.”