“Everything went wrong” in embarrassing eleven-nil Champions League loss
Eleven to nil….that is the most embarrassing score of the home game between Police United and Pachuca from Mexico which was held on Tuesday night. By our records, it is the worst ending to any international game played by Belize with now Pachuca edging closer to a place in the 2016/2017 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals. The team’s coach, veteran footballer Charlie Slusher concedes everything went wrong. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.
Duane Moody, Reporting
The Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League sawBelize’s Police United face off against teamPachucafromMexicoin its home game on Tuesday night at the F.F.B. Stadium inBelmopan. Hirving Lozano scored a record four goals; making it the most goals scored in a single game, and the largest margin of victory. But it was Mateus Goncalves that opened the scoreboard for the Mexican team at the twenty-second minute of the first half.
According to Diego Lanzo ofPachuca, the strategy was to get a first goal in the early minutes of the match. In the end that momentum allowed them to score eleven goals by the time the final whistle was blown.
Diego Lanzo, Pachuca Team (Translated)
“Whenever one comes to play matches like these, we do not say how many goals we plan to score, all we knew is that we were playing against a team that we had to respect and that we had to do our best in order to win the match. Luckily the team was able to score enough goals so to give us an advantage in case we tie against Olympia.”
Police United has been preparing for these international matches for months now. So what went wrong? According to Coach Charles Slusher the strategy was to play organized football, but it didn’t happen.
Charles Slusher, Coach, Police United
“I don’t think one thing went wrong, I think everything went wrong. But I am very disappointed with the result, but I can never say that I am disappointed in my team because I know the guys never went out there for those types of results. The guys, I think we were totally disorganized and from the moment I took over this job to coach this team, I stressed on the guys, if we don’t play organize football against these types of clubs, this will be the results. And I think tonight we took a wrong time to be disorganized and just running around, following the ball.”
By half time,Belizewas already down six-nil and Police United had only made a couple attempts at goal. That offensive strategy widened the gap and coming into second half, Coach Slusher says the play became more defensive.
“In the second half, we started off that way; we kinda made the adjustments and I believe we started the second half very well until a quick goal scored. But we, like I said, a lot of people don’t realize that you have to know your limitations as a team and you also have to respect the team that you are playing against. And there is no way…a lot of people are talking that we defended Pachuca in Mexico, but that was the same thing we needed to do today because that is a very good team and if you open up on them, that is exactly what happened to us. We were not compact; we were not organized in our defensive stance. I think the guys just wanted to score goals; I think they fall to the public pressure because everybody wanted to see the police team playing football, attacking football, position football. But again, you have to understand that limitation of your team. If the quality of players are not there to play position football…Belizeans are not known to play position football—we are fast and we are strong; we work on counterattacks. But when you stray from your strength and you try to do something that you are not at that level as yet, then again this will be the results.”
According to Slusher, he is surprised at the results because in the extreme circumstance inMexico, theBelizeteam was able to hold its own. With the home field advantage, Slusher is perplexed as to why his players weren’t in the game.
“I don’t wanna bash my team…nobody like these results. I was a player and I know it hurts, but we got to learn from it. And again, as players, we have to realize that the Champions League level, if we are not prepared to work extra hard to play at this level, we will always get this type of results. As a coach, we—myself and the physical trainer—we can only do that much. It is up to the players to dedicate themselves, but most importantly, when you play in a system, there is roles and responsibility that you have to bind and committed to do. I must say in Pachuca, the guys did their role excellently for sixty plus minutes and as long as you as a team…it is not an individual game. There was no kind of team shape, no kind of team organization and again if you don’t play organized football against these clubs, it will always be these results.”
It was a night to forget and goalkeeper for Police United, Keith Allen gave his perspective on the match.
Keith Allen, Goalkeeper, Police United
“It was pretty hard mien. I didn’t expect my team to come out like that, but we tried out ultimate best and we just have to try redeem weself and come harder. I just want to go back into workout, go back to the blackboard and continue watch this video and learn from our mistake and recover from there.”
Police United was officially eliminated as a contender to finish on top in Group E of the games. Duane Moody for News Five.
On September twenty-ninth Team Olimpia from Honduras visits Belize’s Police United for their return match. In its previous matchup with team Belize, Olimpia scored four-nil on Belize.