Pumas played an excellent first leg of the championship on Wednesday. Their defense came up big, especially in the first half, leaving Pachuca virtually immobile. Leandro Augusto took note of this great performance and said if they had another great outing on Sunday, then they would surely be champions.
"It was a good result," said
Augusto. "If Pachuca want to be champions then they will have to do
everything right. If we show the same attitude we did yesterday then I
think we would be really close to becoming champions."
on Wednesday was Leandro's first in the Liguilla after coming back from
injury. A muscle injury in his right thigh impeded the gifted
midfielder from participating in any quarterfinal or semifinal game.
Augusto said he was delighted to have made a comeback after missing so
many important games.
"I am happy to have comeback from my
injury. The team had a great performance yesterday, we were strong from
the get go, showing that we do want the title with our play," mentioned
Pumas won by a close margin of 1-0. The game could have
had a different score had Pumas converted on some the chances they had.
They can't blame anyone now; they have to go out there on Sunday and
show up Pachuca at home.
"We had more options but unfortunately
could not finish. We are doing battle with a great team. Now we have
another mission which is to go and do things right once again but this
time it will be at their place," Leandro commented.
It will be
hard to beat Pachuca at home and for this Pumas will have pull out
every resource. Augusto though is uncertain whether he can go all 90
minutes for Sunday's game. He was only able to play for 30 minutes on
Wednesday and seems doubtful to start the last leg.
"I feel good
about the injury, I am just a bit off rhythm since I haven't played for
so long. I feel a lot better though, I wouldn't be able to say that I
would be able to go all 90 minutes. I want to play with my teammates
and enjoy the final," Augusto explained.
Augusto finished by
letting everyone know the great joy he felt after joining the team in
the 70th minute and hearing the ovation from the fans.
are no words to describe it," acknowledged Augusto. "It is a great
motivator and the only way to repay the fans for their support is by
leaving it all out there, wining the games, and also wining the
Sylvestre Adame, Goal.com
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