Ronny Deila insists on ‘keeping calm’ ahead of CCL quarter final clash

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New York City FC is inches away from clinching a Concacaf Champions League semi-final spot, but coach Ronny Deila is determined to focus on keeping calm.

The Major League Soccer side is set to face Guatemalan side Comunicaciones on Tuesday in the second leg of their Concacaf Champions League quarter final series, having already opened up a 3-1 aggregate lead from the recent first leg. 

NYCFC last featured in the international tournament in 2020, losing in the quarter-finals against eventual winner Tigres UANL. Should they defeat Comunicaciones on Tuesday, the Eastern Conference side would make team history in reaching the semi-finals of the Concacaf Champions League for the first time. 

“You can feel the atmosphere in the group,” Deila said in Monday’s media availability. “It’s easy to get moody and tired mentally and physically, be very quiet and little energy. I haven’t seen anything about that in the team. I think every time we meet up again after a day off or something, we’re smiling, we’re looking forward to play again, to train, to see new places.

“And it’s no complaining, everybody’s enjoying. Of course it helps to win, it’s important, but we have two games now before we can have a break and we’re going to do everything we can to come out of that with two victories.”

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