HARRISON, New Jersey- For Costa Rica Head Coach Gustavo Matosas, who has led the squad since January 2019, a style of play is defined as soon as the team steps onto the field.
Matosas, who has not had a draw in his six matches in charge (3W-3L), wants Costa Rica to make history in the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup.
“Today, Costa Rica has a great opportunity to have a great Gold Cup run,” said Matosas in his pre-match press conference ahead of Monday’s Group B finale with Haiti. “In life we have to take advantage of those opportunities and this is a great opportunity to do something Costa Rica has not done before.
“I’ve never had the philosophy of going out to draw a game. I always go to win, ever since I was a kid, I learned that. I'm not going to change; I'm always going to do it that way because I also learned at a very young age that when you go out to draw you do not do well. So, we go to always win, because there is hierarchy in the team, there is class, there is quality and there is convincing. I could never ask players to come out and draw because there are guys like [DF] Kendall [Waston] who are leaders. There is no such thing as a draw in training. In our heads it is always going out to get the win. There is no other way in soccer.”
Costa Rica, who has also gone unbeaten in six of its last seven Gold Cup games and has scored in eight of its last 10 Gold Cup matches, will have a straightforward mentality for Monday’s affair.
“I am going to play it like it was a final. I will not be thinking beyond the match,” said Waston. “The important part is to start the match in the best way possible. We have the responsibility to win, to advance and to win the Gold Cup,” concluded Watson.