Mexico, Aug 14 Ignacio Ambriz, coach of Toluca in the Mexican league, highlighted this Sunday that the character of his players was what led them to win against Cruz Azul in a game that had a crazy ending.
“We are very happy because in that very crazy end of the game, what gave us the victory was the character that my players showed,” said the coach after his team beat La Maquina 2-3 on the eighth day of the Apertura of the Mexican league.
Toluca prevailed in the duel played at the Azteca Stadium thanks to goals from Chilean Jean Meneses, Marcel Ruiz and Brazilian Camilo Sanvezzo, who scored from a penalty. The Machine scored through the Argentine Ramiro Funes Mori and Rodrigo Huescas.
Ambriz reiterated the mental strength of his team, especially Sanvezzo, who took the penalty that meant victory in stoppage time.
“The last minutes were a crazy game, without football, without order, without an idea on our part, but given the lack of idea we had strength of character, that’s why I keep the three points that allow us to continue in first place in the tournament,” he explained.
With the victory, Toluca reached 20 units and is the leader of the tournament; accumulates six wins, two draws and one defeat, numbers that the strategist applauded, but for which he does not lose his head.
“We are committed to fighting up there among the first four places, so we must remain humble, sustain the effort because that has led us to be at the top, but it is only half of the tournament and we have not won anything.”
Ambriz accepted that his squad must be more forceful so that they do not suffer again in matches like this Sunday’s in which they could obtain a broader advantage by not missing so many scoring opportunities.
“We tried through possession of the ball, but we lacked clarity in the definition to have a broader result, we failed a lot, even the rival almost made it 3-3; that’s why I say we have a lot to improve”.
On the ninth day of the Apertura, the team led by Ambriz will host Monterrey on Wednesday. EFE