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Diego Zabala: Defeat against Libertad and draw with Conmebol Libertadores next

Diego Zabala: Defeat against Libertad and draw with Conmebol Libertadores next

Nacional’s Diego Zabala commented on the defeat to Libertad on the final date of Group H of the South American Libertadores, and was consulted regarding the draw for the round of 16.

In the mixed zone, the midfielder commented on the 2-1 loss to Paraguay: “A negative balance because we were unable to achieve the goal of three points. Which we came looking for even though it was already categorized. Unfortunately the cup is difficult, they are strong competitors, and now we will think about closing the Apertura tournament well, and then we will see the draw, there will be time to plan the round of 16.

“We have very clear goals. Obviously it was a great opportunity as well, reaching the classification is not the same as arriving with the possibility of being eliminated from the cup, but we qualified one time early and that was a credit to us. And then It will depend on what happens in the draw, to qualify for Olimpia (in the Club World Cup classification) we have to add two points.“, Zabala values.

Regarding the changes made by coach Alvaro Recoba in the match against Libertad, the 32-year-old said: “El Chino put the players in a good position. Jiri (Recoba) served the ball well several times on the left flank, where we also had superiority.” “My number started playing outside, but I told him to get closer because we needed to, at least I saw that with the connected play we could do damage. We had some chances to equalise, but unfortunately it was not possible.”

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He mentioned about Draw for the round of 16 of the Copa LibertadoresHe added: “We are happy to be among the best 16 players in America. We suffered a lot to get to where we are because we went through two previous stages that were not easy. Enjoy the cup, it’s not played every day; “We’ll wait and see what happens.”

All competitors are tough. We won’t have anything left if we don’t reach 100, and we also know that if we reach 100 we can fight any competitor.. “They will all be difficult competitors, and whoever wins will exit first in their group, so there will be no easy competitor,” said the player from the team that finished second in Group H behind River Plate.

For his part, the archer Luis Mejia He announced in a press conference: “We feel bitterness that we did not achieve a positive result. We had a great opportunity to add to what we were playing for, which was to qualify for the Club World Cup, and now we will have the last 16 to do that.“.

“The important thing is that the classification was achieved earlier. We have to continue training and correcting mistakes for what comes next. The group realizes what we are at stake and we must continue to work The Panamanian goalkeeper emphasized this and thought about what was coming next.