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After playing in many international tournament Atlante looks forward to conquering the grand daddy of South America.

HOUSTON - Atlante's 2009 glass was seen as half empty and half full. The Potros de Hierro had two very disappointing seasons in the Mexican top flight. They failed to make the Liguilla and relegation talk always pursued them. On the other hand Atlante won the CONCACAF Champions League and earned a ticket to the Club World Cup. The Mexican club put in a good performance but walked away with a fourth place finish.

Now Atlante is looking to conquer more in 2010. Los Potros already got off to a good start in the year and the team is where it should be said Christian Bermudez.

“I think the team is looking well despite only a few practice sessions after the Club World Cup. We had very short vacations but I think the team played well (against Estudiantes)," said Bermudez.

Atlante asserted themselves with a 2-1 victory over Estudiantes. The victory was key for Bermudez especially since it was their first game in the Interliga.

“I think it was one of the most important games because it defined a lot. Of course we have not won anything yet but I was pleased with the result," explained the Mexican forward.

The InterLiga is important for Atlante as they are trying to compete in yet another international competition. This time it will be Copa Libertadores. The InterLiga offers two tickets to the top two teams and Christian Bermudez hopes he will be on the plane to South America.

“It’s very important to go play in the Copa Libertadores. We’ve done well in the past years and it would serve as good experience. It would be great to go play in the Libertadores and that’s what we’ll work for, admitted Bermudez.

Before Atlante can get too excited they will have to play group rival America on Tuesday, who will also come in with a win.

Sylvestre Adame, Goal.com


Additional reporting from Houston by Allen Ramsey.

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