CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – Despite a 3-0 defeat to Martinique in its second game in Group A of the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup, Cuba remains motivated to have a successful tournament.
The loss to Les Matinino gives Cuba a 0W-0D-2L record in the tournament, but there were plenty of times when Head Coach Raul Mederos’s men showed flashes of brilliance and only some stellar goalkeeping from Martinique’s Loic Chauvet prevented Cuba from getting on the scoreboard.
One of those chances came off the head of FW Luis Paradela, who had a first half header come achingly close from rippling the back of the net.
For Paradela and his Cuba teammates, it was important to show Cuba’s attacking strengths against Martinique coming off the heels of its opening 7-0 defeat to Mexico.
“We knew that one game was not going to be like the other,” said Paradela in an exclusive interview with Concacaf.com.
“A game against Mexico is one thing and after this game will be another. The team took the field and changed the mindset, but unfortunately we did not get the result,” added Paradela.
Next up for Cuba is its final group stage match against Canada on Sunday in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Cubans remain alive for a berth in the next phase of the competition and Paradela, who had five goals in 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League Qualifying, has no doubt that they will leave everything on the field against the Canadians.
“We have always said that we are going to go out in the games and give everything for the team and enter 100 percent on the playing field. We'll look to get the win against Canada,” concluded Paradela.