QUITO, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) -- Ecuador's national football champions, Emelec, gathered in the southwestern coastal city of Guayaquil Wednesday to prepare for their Libertadores Cup match against Bolivian team Bolivar Thursday.
The match at Guayaquil's George Capwell Stadium, part of Day One games for Group 7, is to be refereed by the Chilean-born Patricio Polic.
Emelec's Argentine-Bolivian coach Gustavo Quinteros said his 20- member lineup was ready to show the rivals from La Paz what it means to have a home-team advantage.
"All my players aim to win this match, and it's always significant to win at home with (the support of) our people," Quinteros told reporters at the training camp.
The coach, who until 2009 coached the rival team, said he was familiar with most of the Bolivian players, and their technical- tactical strategy.
"I know most of the (team) members, I know how they play because I coached them. And I also have information on the style of play of their coach Vladimir Soria, but that doesn't mean that they're going to be easy rivals, on the contrary, it will be a tough team," said Quinteros.
That's why Emelec will try to play up its home-team advantage, he added.
While the support of the local fans will be a boon to Emelec, the team also has to deal with several disadvantages, including the absence of defender John Narvaez and midfielder Osbaldo Lastra, both of whom were suspended from play after racking up yellow cards in the 2013 South American Cup, and the loss of Argentine forward Marcos Mondaini, due to injury.
Emelec won the 2013 national league title, and so far in this year's national league has two wins and a tie, ranking third among 12 teams, with seven points.