Bruce Arena confident that LA Galaxy can advance in CCL against full-strength Club Tijuana

CARSON, Calif. – With just two days remaining before the LA Galaxy’s CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal second leg match against Club Tijuana, LA head coach Bruce Arena spoke to the media.

As a little update, myself and the rest of the team will be traveling down to Tijuana tomorrow and we’ll have plenty of coverage ahead of Tuesday’s match.

Arena’s comments are below.

(On what he expects to be the keys to the game…)

ARENA: “Certainly not conceding a goal in the game. We don’t concede a goal and we go through in the competition. Defending in the early minutes is going to be important because we know that Club Tijuana will come hard at the start.”

(On Club Tijuana resting their starters for the league match against Club Tijuana...)

ARENA: “We anticipated that. They’ll have their full team and we’ll have our full team. It’ll be a good game.”

(On what the Galaxy’s mood is heading into the second leg down in Tijuana…)

ARENA: “We’re really optimistic that we can get through this game and then prepare for the semifinals.”

(On the struggles of MLS teams down in Mexico…)

ARENA: “One thing that is a bit of a relief is that we’re not playing at altitude. However, the artificial field will certainly be an advantage for Tijuana, but we’ve played on [turf] enough. We’ll be ready.”