Bauza: Revenge is not important
Liga Deportiva Universitaria head coach Edgardo Bauza does not view the upcoming clash with Velez Sarsfield as a chance for payback for their Copa Libertadores elimination.
Liga and Velez play the first leg of their Copa Sudamericana semi-final tomorrow night for the first time since Velez claimed a 5-0 aggregate win in the last 16 of the Copa Libertadores.
While Liga are looking to win their second Sudamericana title after claiming it in 2009, Velez are hoping to reach the final for the first time. Ahead of the game at the Estadio Casablanca in Quito, Bauza told Radio La Red: "There is no revenge. This is a deciding stage.
"This is a game between two teams who have fought for the local titles and are always playing international championships at the same time.
"Velez did not start the tournament in good form, but they have gained rhythm and recovered very well. It will be a nice semi-final between two good teams."
Liga have had a busy fixture list and defender Diego Calderon admitted that was not the best preparation for a semi-final tie.
He told the club's website: "The point is going step by step. The team is used to playing this way, but it is really exhausting. We are all focused on reaching the final goal we have set and we'll do our best to achieve that."
Velez Sarsfield coach Ricardo Gareca will be without three key players as forward Juan Manuel Martinez and midfielders Victor Zapata and David Ramirez have picked up muscular injuries.
Forward Guillermo Franco insisted Velez would not fear playing at 2,600 metres above sea level, adding: "There will be no speculation and we'll not give up attacking."
The other semi-final tie sees Brazilian giants Vasco da Gama take on Universidad de Chile in the first leg in Rio de Janeiro tonight.