Cruz Azul captain Gerardo Torrado said losing another final is more than frustrating.Once again, Cruz Azul closed out a season so close to glory but with nothing to show for it.
Cruz Azul lost to Monterrey in the Apertura 2009 Final and la Maquina have now reached and lost three of the last for Mexican league finals.
It's getting old.
"We've been in three finals in the last four season and it makes us angry being there and not being able to win," Cruz Azul skipper Gerardo Torrado told reporters after the latest setback.
Cruz Azul's history has been well-documented throughout the club's latest failed run. La Maquina have not won a league title since the Invierno '97 season, and the agony is extended once more. Instead of snapping their embarrassing drought, Cruz Azul players have to explain once more why they haven't won a league title in more than a decade.
The latest explanation involved bad luck and a firmly-entrenched Monterrey side.
"That's football," he said. "We had some back luck and hit two off the post in the first half."
Monterrey won the first leg 4-3 after Cruz Azul held a 3-1 halftime lead. Entering Sunday's second leg, Monterrey needed just a draw and the club played for it from the start. Cruz Azul held the ball for large stretches of time but was unable to do much in front of the Monterrey goal.
"The team tried but they were sitting back and they had a solid line of four," Torrado said. "We needed to have more cohesion in our attack and should have caused them more damage."
Still, blame cannot be placed on the quality and caliber of Cruz Azul's roster, he said.
"The team is solid," Torrado said. "There is a good group here and we hope we continue so we can get back here again."
Emotions were high after the game, and immediately trying to pinpoint the exact cause for the club's most recent failure would not have been the best idea.
"We have to make a thorough analysis," Torrado said. "There are a lot of things going through our head but we need to keep our composure because the team gave its best effort."
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