Ronny Deila: “We’ve done it before so I’m positive and we can do better than we did today” of overcoming a deficit. (FrontRowSoccer.com Photo)

By Michael Lewis

FrontRowSoccer.com Editor

After watching his team lose by two goals to the Seattle Sounders in the Concacaf Champions League, Ronny Deila still kept a stiff upper lip.

“Nothing is over now,” he said.

Well, of course, the New York City FC head coach was right.

It is only halftime of the two-game, aggregate goal series as the Sounders registered a 3-1 victory in the first leg of the semifinals at home.

The Cityzens will host the second leg at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. next Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET.

Deila was confident City could dissolve the two-goal deficit in a series in which away goals are doubled if the score is tied.

“We’ve done it before so I’m positive and we can do better than we did today,” he said. “We know how good we are when we are at home.”

Home next week will be RBA, and not Yankee Stadium, which was deemed unsuitable by Concacaf to host CCL games.

The reality for Deila and his team face was that deficit.

“We wanted a little bit better result,” he said. I think we [had] 80 percent of the game. I think we’re in good control 90 percent But there were some key moments when we were not close enough [defensively], especially on the left side. We get some crosses against us and they were not good enough to be tight inside the box. They are deadly when they get opportunities like that. But we got our away goal and that was important.”

Deila said that there was no way that star midfielder Maxi Moralez could have played on Wednesday night. He added that Moralez suffered a rib injury.

“Maxi is important player for us,” he said. “But he had no chance to play in this game. He was not capable to play.”

Deila did not address how severe the rib injury was and whether Moralez could play next week.