Millonarios President Felipe Gaitán: Grêmio the strongest team left in Copa Sul-Americana
Millonarios Fútbol Club of Columbia are in Porto Alegre tonight to face Grêmio in the first leg of the Copa Sul-Americana quarterfinals and their President, Felipe Gaitán, believes this is the toughest test they could have got.
Gaitán spoke at lenght with Porto Alegre newspaper Zero Hora on the eve of the match and admitted it would be tough for his team to get a good result in Brazil, but was confident that they could use the conditions back in Columbia to their favour.
He said: "I know that Grêmio is a very strong team in Brazil and is in the top positions of the league. I know they have several players that are indisputable figures. Before we get to a possible final. this is the strongest rival that we face."
And the Gaitán believes that playing at home in the second leg could be the key.
"I always have to think about victory, even against a great team like Grêmio. A win would be very important. Even a draw would be a result that could open the door for us to qualify.
"I think it's a great advantage [to play 2nd leg in Columbia]. Because playing the second leg at home makes you know what must be done during the match. Also, we have the knowledge of the ground, the crowd's support, and the altitude of Bogota (over 2600 meters). So, undoubtedly, it is a plus to end the confrontation in Colombia."