Monterrey coach Cruz bitter at CWC performance

The three-time CONCACAF Champions League winners were left disappointed by their quarterfinal defeat to the host team.

Monterrey defeated Egyptian outfit Al Ahly 5-1 at the Club World Cup in Morocco on Wednesday to earn fifth place in the competition, but manager Jose Cruz was left bitter taste at not making the semifinals.

“It’s the end of a glorious cycle, very successful for Monterrey,” said Cruz after the game in a press conference. “To go to a competition like this for the third time isn’t easy, but we reiterate out bitterness at not being able to transcend, to go further.”

The CONCACAF representative had set the final as its goal at the tournament, but again fell short with a quarterfinal defeat on Saturday to Raja Casablanca, which beat Ronaldinho’s Atletico Mineiro on Wednesday to reach the final.

Argentine Cesar Delgado scored twice for Monterrey to become the highest ever scorer in the competition and although he was disappointed with Los Rayados’ performance, the former Lyon player was delighted at making the landmark.

“It makes me happy, it’s not a small matter to have converted five goals in the Club World Cup,” said Delgado in widely published quotes. “I’m enormously grateful to Club Monterrey and the team, which has given everything to be able to be in this place.”