Robinson Makes Champions League Ambitions Clear, "It's
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Robinson makes Champions League ambitions clear, "it's a competition that we're going to try to win" -league-ambitions-clear-its-competition-were-going-try-win Jan 27th 2017, 19:50
The 'Caps start their season with a bang this year, jumping right into the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League away at New York Red Bulls on Wednesday, February 22 before hosting the second leg on Thursday, March 2 at BC Place.Carl Robinson was on TSN 1040 Radio Vancouver this morning and pulled no punches about the club's ambitions, calling it "a competition that we're going to try to win".
"It's massive," added Robinson. "We've managed to qualify for the quarterfinals of the Champions League for the first time in the club's history, and there's numerous MLS teams that have not managed to do that. What we've got to do is we've got to prepare ourselves right."
Robinson went on to explain his methodology for this year's preseason trip to Wales.
"The idea came from me, and let me explain why. Since I took charge three years ago, we've gone to Arizona, which is a great place, very warm weather, and we're playing MLS teams that we play two or three times a year during the season anyway. When we play against these teams, they're working on their fitness levels, so you could say by the time the first game comes around that we're probably 60 per cent fit, and we're playing against a team that is 60 per cent fit. We've got Champions League, literally in four weeks, so I need to get them up to speed sooner rather than later...my strongest team is going to play."
While the team has begun preseason, Robinson also addressed the team's desire to add to the club's attacking talent.
"We're still looking in that area. What people tend to forget sometimes is that it doesn't happen overnight. I must have looked at 40 or 50 forward type players. We're continuing to source all attacking players, and if we didn't there would be a problem."
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