Mohamed: Pressure off Tijuana against Palmeiras

Club Tijuana's manager says his club enjoys playing and doesn't feel any pressure.
Club Tijuana begins the knockout stage of the Copa Libertadores at home against Brazil’s Palmeiras on Tuesday and coach Antonio Mohamed is stressing that the Liga MX side is not feeling any undue nerves.

“There is no pressure or anything, we enjoy what we do,” said Mohamed in Monday’s press conference. “A year ago nobody knew Tijuana and now we are among the best in the Americas in the Copa Libertadores.”

The Argentine coach has fielded fringe players in certain Liga MX games this season – like in last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to San Luis – but the squad has still suffered from the huge amount of traveling it has endured in 2013.

“That’s why we have six players injured, the Liga MX cost us and I’m not using that as an excuse,” added Mohamed, who explicitly stated that the Libertadores was the priority at the start of the season.

Captain Javier Gandolfi, Paul Aguilar, Alfredo Moreno and Fernando Arce are all not 100 percent fit, but should start the game, according to Mohamed.

The future of the Tijuana coach was also discussed at the press conference, with the former Toros Neza player insisting that no decision has been made over his what will happen for him – with his contract ending in June – and that if he does stay in Mexico, it would only be to manage Xolos.

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