San LorenzoFriday, July 25, 2014
Captain Mercier: ‘No one expected this’
Midfielder and captain Juan Mer-cier said yesterday that San Lorenzo “achieved a very just and realistic difference” with the 5-0 victory against Bolívar in the first leg match of the Libertadores Cup semifinals.
“Pichi,” scorer of the third goal, added that the Bolivian team “didn’t expect” the dominance from the Argentine side “putting pressure on the opponents’ field,” as happened on Wednesday night at the Nuevo Gasómetro stadium.
But despite the celebrations after the win, Mercier does not take the classification to the final for granted as the team still has to play “a second half” in La Paz next Wednesday.
“We won the first half, but there’s still a second half to be played. It will be very difficult due to their stadium (which is 3,640 metres above sea level). I’ve never played in this kind of stadium before, we will see how the coach prepares the match.”
The 34-year-old Mercier, who netted his first goal since his arrival in San Lorenzo in 2012, appreciated the team’s effort: “No one expected this difference, many fans would have been happy with only a 2-0 win.”
San Lorenzo has never won the Libertadores Cup and this seems to be the perfect chance to clinch the trophy once and for all.
Coach Edgardo Bauza also thinks that the team still has to play the return leg before thinking about the final, which will be against the winner of the series between Nacional of Paraguay and Defensor Sporting of Uruguay. Nacional won the first leg 2-0 on Tuesday.
“It’s true, we have a big advantage, but this is a 180-minute game and there’s still 90 left, and in La Paz. Yesterday (Wednesday) we played very well and we got an incredible result, but next Wednesday we have to finish what we started yesterday. And it won’t be as easy as everyone thinks,” the coach said.
On Wednesday’s night, Lanús netted two own goals in extra time and lost 4-3 against Atlético Mineiro of Brazil at the Minerão stadium in Belo Horizonte in the Recopa Sudamericana final.
Herald staff with agencies