Delfín's head coach, Fabián Bustos, talks about their opponents tonight: "Caracas are a tough team, similar to ourselves"

The Argentine coach analyses his rival in Phase 2 of the CONMEBOL Libertadores, the objectives for this season and his deadly forward line.

The 49-year-old Argentine, a former player turned coach, was brought up in the generation which insisted on keeping hold of the ball if you wanted to win football matches. He played in the Ecuadorian league between 2000 and 2003 and in 2009 became the technical director in Manta. He remain in Ecuador as he found his most successful team to date: Delfín. Fabián Bustos is the brains of the club which host Caracas in the first leg of Phase 2 in the CONMEBOL Libertadores. In amongst this dreamland he found time to talk about the situation at Delfín:

-  What is the philosophy at Delfín?
- We have a philosophy that we share with the president. This is the fifth year we've worked together. The club does everything it says it will: the players are paid on time and are trained well. The club is growing and it still needs to work on its infrastructure and training equipment but I believe we are going in the right path.

-  They are a young club. How have you managed to get a squad which competes in international tournaments?
-  With a squad of players that have experience as professionals. They are no problems when it comes to conduct and discipline. They believe we can create a professional football team. We've brought players from Serie B who were playing abroad.

-  What is your most emotional moment at the club?
-  Winning Serie B in 2015. That or beating a huge team such as Atlético Nacional in the Libertadores 2018.

-  What shape is the team in?
The team is still beginning the year. The matches we are playing in are official ones, but they still feel like preseason games because we still have a lot of aspects to work on. We're in the last stage of preseason where teams compete in friendly matches to improve as a team. We've had to do that but with the CONMEBOL Libertadores.

-  Your two starting strikers (Ordóñez and Garcés) scored all five of Delfín's goals in Phase 1.
-  The strikers' roles and the way we'll play is how we've trained this week. We hope there will create a lot of space with their movement but it depends where the ball is. We must arrive in that area of the pitch with a lot of players. This duo were brought here in 2016 and they had an excellent 2017. They've also had a very good 2019 so far, We lost Ordóñez for six months but when he returned, he played well. They've started 2019 brilliantly and work well together. 

-  What stands out with Ordóñez and Carlos Garcés?
-  Both are leaders. Both are positive leaders who show their commitment with their work and effort (on the pitch). One has more potential, the other is better technically. Both are goalscorers and are very important to our attack.

-  How do you view Caracas?
-  Caracas are a tough team, similar to ourselves. They have two very important strikers. two high quality central midfielders and two strong centre halves. It's a very similar team and they have a similar style too.

-  How do you see the knockout round going?
-  We need to make sure we produce two good matches. What we did well with Nacional de Paraguay is now in the past. It's important to give us a boost, to believe in what we are doing. We need to control possession, play inside and wide, with a lot of people in attack. It'll be a balanced tie. I hope we can put the match to bed as early as possible. We need to play well at home and then see what happens next week in Venezuela.

-  What are the objectives for this season?
-  In the league, be amongst the top eight to get into the play-offs and finish as high as possible. Obviously qualifying for the Copa Libertadores again is an objective we've had over the last two or three years. We know how difficult the Libertadores is. 

-  There are a lot of Argentinian coaches in this year's CONMEBOL Libertadores. Why are they all over South America?
-  There are coaches in different countries throughout South America because an Argentine's philosophy is to keep progressing and achieve objectives because of their personalities. There are good coaches in every country: in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru. It looks like the Argentinians and the Uruguayans are the biggest perfectionists and who want to evolve. I believe it's got something to do with how they are formed as players. Because you don't create that as a coach, it's created when you're a player and the coaches which influence you. Other players become agents. In Argentina, football is a way of life, a way to express yourself, a way to find out who you are as a person.

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