DENVER, Colorado – There is no question that Cuba Head Coach Raul Mederos understands the importance of getting a good result in its 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup Group D match versus Martinique on Wednesday at Broncos Stadium at Mile High in Denver, Colorado.
Following an opening 7-0 defeat to Mexico, Mederos is confident his team will respond with a good performance.
“Without a doubt, the team has changed with many more days of rest, of preparation to arrive here,” said Mederos in his pre-match press conference on Tuesday.
“Today is the last day of training before an important game tomorrow. Both of us know that everything is at stake in this game to continue advancing to the next round. Without a doubt the boys are very motivated, very happy with high spirits for tomorrow’s game. For us the competition starts tomorrow,” added Mederos.
As Mederos spoke, MF Arichel Hernandez noticeably nodded his head in agreement, admitting that overcoming the Mexico game was difficult mentally, but that is will make Cuba stronger for the rest of the tournament.
“For me it’s more psychological, the team is focused and for the game tomorrow we have a very positive mentality to get a good result,” said Hernandez.
While Cuba deployed a more defensive approach against Mexico, its fans can expect Mederos’s men to play more aggressively against Les Matinino.
“The Mexico game has nothing to do with the Martinique, nor the Canada game. Without question, they are three different opponents. For tomorrow’s game we have planned a different setup. We are looking more for our players’ characteristics and we will go out there with all the conviction to play a good game tomorrow,” concluded Mederos.