DENVER, Colorado – While Cuba did not have the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup debut it was hoping for, a 7-0 loss to Mexico, the Caribbean nation is still very upbeat that its Gold Cup campaign can be a successful one.
“We are a team whose hopes are still high,” said Cuba MF Arichel Hernandez in an exclusive interview with Concacaf.com ahead of Wednesday’s match versus Martinique.
“The team is very much united. We always get along very well and now we have to show that on the field in these next two games. We’ll be hoping for the win,” added Hernandez.
That quality was on full display for Cuba in its 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League Qualifying campaign in which it amassed a 3W-0D-1L record, with 15 goals scored and just two conceded.
Against Les Matinino on Wednesday, Cuba will be looking to return to its CNLQ ways.
In particular, Cuba will be seeking more possession of the ball throughout the match. In the contest with Mexico, Cuba showed it has the speed and skill to make life difficult for opponents, and Hernandez believes that more chances will come with more possession of the ball.
“I think we need to make several changes, try to possess the ball more. I think if we have the ball more, we can create more danger, more scoring chances and play like it,” concluded Hernandez.