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The Leon boss was thrilled after an exciting win in the Copa Libertadores to secure passage to the next round.

Leon coach Gustavo Matosas said his side’s 3-2 victory over Flamengo in the famous Maracana stadium in the Copa Libertadores was “historic” and added under the right circumstances he could stay at the Liga MX club “for years.”

“If the team keeps playing like that, if I’m still enjoying the team and they bring me new signings, I’ll stay many years,” said Matosas in the postgame news conference.

The statement came off the back of comments from the manager ahead of the game that “if my cycle (at Leon) hasn’t finished, it is at the point of coming to an end.”

The victory reserved Leon’s place in the knockout rounds of the Copa Libertadores and has seen the 46-year-old have a change of heart.

“The message served (its purpose), today I enjoyed my team,” said Matosas. “It’s been a historic day. I saw Leon play and win in the Maracana.” 

Matosas took Leon from the second division to the Liga MX’s Apertura 2013 championship in just 18 months.

Carlos “Gullit” Pena scored a late winner for Leon against the Brazilian giants, with Mauro Boselli and Franco Arizala twice putting La Fiera ahead in the first half.

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