Days after a lousy showing against America, Cruz Azul's Horacio Cervantes said he would silence his critics sooner or later.
But Cervantes said Tuesday he would atone for his mistakes.
"There are many people who probably don't feel that I am worthy of playing for this institution but since I was with Atlante I've been very consistent," Cervantes said. "Now I must demonstrate why I was brought here."
Cervantes joined Cruz Azul in the offseason from Morelia. He spent four solid seasons with Monarcas before he was sought out by incoming manager Enrique Meza to help turn Cruz Azul's defense around. Cruz Azul's defense was the worst in the league a year ago and Cervantes was counted on to help turn things around.
Against America, that was not evident. America beat Cruz Azul 3-2 as la Maquina's defense allowed three goals for the second consecutive match.
"I'm not here for the sake of being here," Cervantes said. "I came here to win. The fact that I made one error on an important game like the America match is a learning experience. I know that this will only benefit me and sooner or later I'm going to silence my critics."
Cervantes fouled Salvador Cabañas inside the penalty area early in the match and America were awarded a penalty kick, which Cabañas converted. Later, Cabañas went through Cervantes on his to a second goal.
"I asked for forgiveness," Cervantes said. "The coaching staff knows that I want to work hard to keep doing things right. It hurt a lot."
Cervantes will have a chance to atone for his mistakes. Cruz Azul host Columbus in a CONCACAF Champions League match on Wednesday and will play at his former club Morelia on Saturday.
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