CLEVELAND.- Panama Manager Julio Dely Valdes spoke with the media at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland on Friday, in preparation for Saturday’s 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup Group D affair with Guyana.
Panama was victorious 2-0 over Trinidad and Tobago in its opener on Tuesday in Saint Paul, Minnesota, while Guyana lost 4-0 to the United States.
The Panama Manager is taking those results with a grain of salt.
“This is a difficult game,” Dely Valdes said. “It’s always going to be difficult in short tournaments like this one. Tomorrow is a complicated one. This Guyana team has played a lot together. We need to be prepared for tomorrow.”
Dely Valdes spoke at length about what he felt got his side over the hump against Trinidad and Tobago, and how it could help in this match versus Guyana.
“The way we prepared for that game,” said Dely Valdes, “we knew that positions in the attacking portion of the field were going to be limited. We knew they were good at closing down and not allowing for much space in the field. This is why it was so important to have a lot of patience.”
“I think the players are ready for another challenge,” the coach continued, “whatever it may be.”
When asked what he took away from watching Guyana’s match against the United States, Dely Valdes had a very measured view.
“It’s difficult to answer,” he said. “They were playing against a very strong team. It was their first ever game. And we know that tomorrow, they’re playing to stay alive in the tournament. They have quality. We need to be ready.”
Panama vs. Guyana will kick off at 5:30 PM ET on Saturday in Cleveland, followed by U.S. vs. Trinidad and Tobago.