Chivas will host Monterrey at home for the 11 date of the Apertura 2009, and look to finally pick up pace. Currently, el Rebaño sits in 15th place in the league table while Monterrey is in third with a strong possibility of taking hold of first place. Recently appointed Chivas manager, Raul Arias, will be back in the technical area to direct Chivas against Monterrey and claims that the team come at a better time than the previous weekend.
With the Mexican Apertura 2009
in the 11 round of play, it’s becoming clearer which teams will
mostly participate in the Liguilla in hopes of contending for the title.
“(Monterrey) is complicated.
It’s a good team that was taken from the bottom by Vucetich. He made
some adjustments and he made them well. Now, without a doubt they are
one of the candidates for the title,” said Arias on the club’s official
“Beyond individualities it’s a team that functions well as a group
and that makes them complete,” added the manager. “Yes, it’s true
that they have personalities like Suazo, like Martinez that are important
players but they also have a defense with strong players. Besides that,
their collective play has been great.”
Arias admitted that Chivas
had some luck on their side in the draw against Pumas, and hopes to
continue with some of it. He also mentioned that the four Mexican national
team players’ absence for the game friendly game against Colombia
had its consequences.
“(We) come at a better time
that in the game against Pumas. I hope that we have the same luck, although
nothing depends on that. We can’t depend on luck but on our improvement
and I believe that we’re a little better. The only bad thing about
this week is that we didn’t have four national players and that has
So far, seven out of the nine
points that Chivas hold have come from home games, and once more the
team will try to take home field advantage, especially guarding against
Monterrey’s style of play.
“This game is very important
to us because it’ll assert our advantage at home. It’s a priority
and it won’t be easy. Monterrey’s a team that will come to defend,
and they’ve done well. They’ll wait for some play or a mistake to
create an opportunity, so we’re quite sure what their plan will be.”
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