On the last regular day of Grita Mexico 2021 Tournament, The team of Cougars managed to trace the score to Cruz Azul and thus qualify for the Liga MX playoff. The jubilation and excitement made the fans of the Olympic Stadium explode.
Now him University Club will be measured against Toluca to seek the next step in the championship, reach the quarterfinals. Recently Ephraim The Spark Velarde He told how they managed to recover from such an irregular tournament for the cats and how they will take advantage of this strategy to reach the league.
In interview for Line of 4 from TUDN, the auriazul defender said that the teamwork, la mentality and the demands of the fans were key parts of the success they achieved on date 17 and which they will use to visit the Red Devils.
The team’s technical director, Andrés Lillini, was in charge of implementing the plan. Velarde explained that the strategist analysis and the closeness of the team to him allowed a space to be opened to fight for the playoffs and change the face of the team.
“Andrés has good group management, he works every day on what we can improve, and that communion that exists between the coaching staff and the players is something that has helped us a lot to get ahead of the crisis we are experiencing”, He recounted.
In the words of the Spark, Pumas “gets up and has that fierce reaction, that is the identity of this team”And when the score was unfavorable for them, they looked for a way to reverse it. Mentality and concentration during the game were vital.
Despite the fact that on matchday 16 the university students lost to Santos and compromised their classification, they had to change their mentality when they faced Blue Cross. Even when they were losing with a differentiating score, they held firm.
With the pause because of the FIFA date, the left-back argued that they would have preferred to face Toluca immediately, but that the stoppage gave them space for the reflection and rethink what they did in the regular season of the tournament and what they have to do to reach the quarterfinals.
“This break is to make an analysis and a reflection, both individual and collective, of everything that happened in the tournament. Based on the effort, the work and not falling down mentally gave us to be in the repechage “
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