Monterrey set off for Morocco and the Club World Cup on Monday with coach Jose “Profe” Cruz declaring that the club is intent on beating last year’s third place finish at the same tournament.
“It is a great window where everyone would like to be,” Cruz told reporters in the airport, where a number of Monterrey fans gathered to see their team off. “It is an opportunity to show the footballing world that in Mexico, and in particular Monterrey, we work well.
“Evidently the expectations are very high. The idea is to surpass what’s been done before and for that we have to reach the final.”
Cruz only took over Los Rayados after Victor Manuel Vucetich was controversially fired in August but does have experience in the Club World Cup after guiding Atlante to fourth place in 2009.
Monterrey had a poor Apertura season, finishing in 11th place and lost its final preparation game 2-0 against Paraguay’s Nacional in Monterrey last Saturday.
Los Rayados open their Club World Cup campaign December 14 against either Raja Casablanca or Auckland City and will play Ronaldinho’s Atletico Mineiro in the semifinal if they win their first match.