VICTOR VUCETICH, Monterrey head coach via interpreter
(On his general impressions of the match…) “It was a well-disputed match from the start all the way ’til the end. In the beginning we had to adapt to the pitch. Little by little we adapted to the circumstances. We were able to capitalize on some good opportunities. We adapted better in the second half, made use of space the Sounders left for us.”
(On the Sounders offering more resistance than anticipated….) “No doubt, the Sounders are a very good team. They are well organized and very strong. It was important to take the game serious or else we could have been hurt.”
(On the game plan for Monterrey….) “The team took the match with strong responsibility, the concentration was strong from the start all the way until the end. We adapted to the pitch and the crossing game the Sounders practice.”
(On the chances to advance to the next round….) “I believe it was an important step, but nothing is in stone. We have to continue play seriously and to advance to the next round we have to play like we did tonight.”
(On being out-shot by the Sounders) “The Sounders started pressing and with them playing at home they understand the pitch. We missed a few early opportunities and with some cases a few shots on goal. We know that in soccer it isn’t always about how many shots one team takes but the quality of shots. It is not always about the possession but about the effectiveness.
(On maintaining Fredy Montero….) “Fredy Montero is a very important player. We also knew about Steve Zakuani, who didn’t play, and has seven goals. That duet is very strong. But we also have a very balanced team and our defense is very solid and adapted to the characteristics of the player.”