The famed Mexican club is in Europe now, preparing for the upcoming Apertura 2009 season against some Old World clubs.Chivas have arrived to face some European competition for the last stage of their preseason preparation. Currently Chivas is using Zutphen, Netherlands as their base camp. The team will face three European teams starting on Friday, and will return to Mexico a week before the Apertura 2009 begins.
First on the list is Heracles Almelo from the Netherlands on July 10. The squads will face off in Beckhum, Netherlands. Then on July 12, Chivas will go up against Sivasspor of Turkey in Deventer, Netherlands. Chivas’ three team face-off will end with Greek side PAOK Salinki in Bocholt, Germany.
There are plenty of teams to face off closer to home, but a different style of football is one of the main reasons for the tour of Europe.
“Without a doubt to have competition with different styles of football than what we have, and trying to grow in footballing terms to have an ideal close to the preseason are the reasons to make this trip to Europe,” said manager Francisco Ramirez to the official team website.
Ramirez has experience at an international level after being the assistant manager with the Mexican national team and knows what the team should work on.
“With the years that I have within football, I know perfectly European football. The team (Chivas) has to show its style of football, but also should show the capacity to solve situations that can come during the game. We’ve worked on all these aspects to be able to solve them.”
Although the excitement of playing against European teams is high, Ramirez has worries of changes that may affect the team once they return to Mexico, such as the time change.
“What worries me the most is the adaptation, and then going back the re-adaptation to our time, in Mexico. But it’s exciting being able to have competition with rivals that have a different approach. They’re more based on a physical level, speed, and on the counterattack. They’re going to be important meetings for us where we can value ourselves.”