Alvaro Saborio says knocking his former team out of the CONCACAF Champions League is simply part of the game.
The 29-year old Costa Rican forward was part of the Real Salt Lake team which defeated his old club Deportivo Saprissa 3-2 on aggregate in the competition’s semi-final to book their place in the decider where they will meet either Monterrey or Cruz Azul, both of Mexico, on April 20 and 27.
Saborio knew it would be a difficult task trying to beat his former teammates but said that doing so was just the nature of the game whilst adding that the he expected a bit of stick from the home fans.
“I was concentrated on getting through this series, but too bad it had to be against Saprissa,” Saborio said after the match. “That’s soccer.
“It was to be expected,” he said of the abuse he copped. “I was with a different team and these were different circumstances, but in the end, there were some who were applauding.”
Saborio admitted that he wanted to see his old mates after the match whilst praising Saprissa for their efforts.
“I passed by because I have some of my best friends in there,” he said of his trip to the home locker room.
“It was a tough series. Saprissa is a great team and fought to the end and they deserved to be here at this stage [of the competition].”