Independiente fired up for Goias
Independiente captain Carlos Matheu has called for his team-mates to use some "intelligence" as they attempt to overturn a 2-0 deficit against Goias in the final of the Copa Sudamericana tomorrow night.
Brazilian outfit Goias established a commanding advantage after the first leg last week but Matheu remains confident Independiente can still prevail providing they remain focused.
He told Ole newspaper: "We have to show heart on the field. We have to go forward and try to score goals because we are two down - but with intelligence.
"We are professionals, we know how to manage nerves and anxiety. I hope the fans' excitement will help us achieve that and not make things complicated. We are close to an important achievement. The whole squad want to be a part of the history of the club."
The hosts' need for goals will not be helped by striker Nestor Andres Silvera's suspension after he was sent-off for elbowing Goias defender Rafael Toloi in the first leg. But Independiente coach Antonio Mohamed is convinced they can still do it.
"I know how to play against Goias," he said. "We must attack them a lot. We'll turn the score around. I have no doubts about that."
Goias may have been relegated from the Brazilian Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A but are still within touching distance of a place in next year's Copa Libertadores. Striker Rafael Moura, who got one of the goals in the first leg, knows they cannot relax just yet though.
"We are happy with the score but at the same time we know it is a dangerous result," he said. "We are happy but the second leg will be not easy at all. We have to fight as much as we did in the first match."
Moura added: "To win the title would not mean the disappointment of being relegated is over, but it would bring joy to our fans and the possibility to play a more important championship - the Copa Libertadores."