Santos coach Pedro Caixinha urges respect in Mexico for Copa Libertadores

Though Morelia is already eliminated and the other two Mexican clubs struggling in Liga MX, the Santos boss has his sights set on Copa Libertadores success.

Santos Laguna’s Portuguese coach Pedro Caixinha slammed one media report about the “uncertainty” surrounding his team and Leon’s successful participation in this year’s Copa Libertadores, fueled by the inconsistent start to the Liga MX season each team has made.

“We don’t share the mediocre mentality like that type of front page (story), which denigrates soccer,” fumed Caixinha on Monday in a news conference.

The 43-year-old also alluded to the lack of prestige the Libertadores has traditionally held in Mexico compared to in South America.

“I don’t know how it is in Mexico, but we have to go out with everything in this competition because it deserves respect,” he said. “It is the second most important continental competition at club level.”

Caixinha also pointed out that the president of Arsenal – Los Guerreros’ rivals on Tuesday – is the son of the Argentine soccer association (AFA) president Julio Grondona, but added that “the important thing is on the field.”

The club has also made a video to show its players, highlighting the history of the Copa Libertadores and the story of Santos Laguna’s only other participation in the tournament in 2004.

“We’re going to try to take our first points (against Arsenal) and then demonstrate to the world what Santos Laguna is capable of,” Caixinha said.