Canada Looks To Finish The Job At Home Against Jamaica
Canada will host Jamaica in the second return leg of the Concacaf Nations League quarter-final on Tuesday night in Toronto at BMO Field.
As it stands, Canada is currently is 90 minutes away from a spot at the Concacaf final four and a spot in one of the biggest football tournaments on the planet: the Copa America.
“I think we have to be ready,” Biello told the Canadian media in attendance on Monday afternoon at the MD-1 press conference at BMO Field.
“Obviously they are going to adjust and change things, and we need to be prepared for that and be able to control the game and play on our own terms. We are playing at home: it’s about imposing our identity and being careful with the threats they impose.”
It’s quite the change in geography and climate as Canada goes from playing in 28 degree weather in the Caribbean to a much colder climate back home with temperatures at 6 degrees and confirmed rain in the forecast for Tuesday night.
“It was hot in Jamaica but the guys adapted well and came back home. We had the session today and we were able to acclimatize, and it’s just about getting that feel. Training was good today, to feel what it is going to be like tomorrow.”
Stephen Eustaquio, who also met the media with Biello, was asked about the value of playing in Copa America.
“It’s a very important tournament,” he answered. “We know how much of a big tournament it is. I know most Canadians aren’t aware of it but for me, in terms of passion and quality, it is probably one of the best tournaments in the world.”
Biello had nothing but praise for his midfielder and was asked about Eustaquio’s evolution and his growth.
“He is a true professional, so compliments to him and all the work he puts in every day to arrive where he is today. He went through some tough times, but he is very determined and someone focused and goal-driven. He has worked hard and he has the character to persevere and get to where he is today.”
Canada is currently on a streak of 19 games unbeaten at BMO Field with 13 wins, and Biello was asked what makes it so special and hard for other nations to win in Toronto.
“Every time we come and play here we feel the fans behind us, and that means a lot to players. They can feel it, and those emotions and you start to build momentum and hopefully it continues tomorrow.”