02 de Septiembre del 2016 10:03 am.
The first team at Santos Laguna is wasting no time during the international break, holding double sessions throughout the week as head coach Jose Manuel de la Torre looks to lead his group of players to winning ways in Liga MX.
Players have trained in the morning and afternoons on certain days and have worked on a variety of fitness related activities. Working toward solid unity with clear intentions of approaching the coming weeks in the best way possible, the group is already focused on next Saturday’s game against Necaxa in Aguascalientes.
“(This international break) really came at the right time,” said team captain Carlos Izquierdoz. “We needed this, because having changed the coaching staff not long ago. (With the break) we can work better and get a hold of everything the new coaches are giving us. The change brings us new ideas and different concepts so these 15 days serve us a lot, and we’re taking advantage of it. The truth is it’s a lot of work and we’re working well.”
The week seven win against Leon was the team’s first of the season and with ten games remaining, “Cali” is working with the rest of the team to bring about a new level and move forward with a positive mindset.
“We’re going to work for that,” he said with regard to the team starting to turn positive results. “If you guarantee the commitment that each of us trains at 100% and delivers on the field … we need to focus on working in the best way, and be well prepared for this game (against Necaxa).”
Los Guerreros are looking at a busy September with five games over 18 days, opening the month on the road against Necaxa on September 10, Veracruz in Copa MX on September 13, and Pumas at Estadio Corona on September 18. The team will have three days until its next game against Rayados in Monterrey on September 21 and play Club Tijuana four days later before the month comes to a close. And while finishing the month on a high note so it can still remain within playoff contention is a priority for the club, Izquierdoz stresses the importance of the team remaining focused on one game at a time, taking each week as it comes.
“The next game is a priority, that we have very clear. If we get distracted thinking about what can happen later then we don’t pay attention in the next game and we pay a price for that. Today the only thing we have of interest is to go into the next game against Necaxa, establish ourselves well as a team, as a group. (The last game) raised our confidence … what mattered was to get that win before heading off (into the break) and to address these 15 days with a little more confidence, seeing things in a better way.”
With another double session on the books for Friday, Santos will continue to apply this mentality over the next eight days until it leaves next Friday for Aguascalientes, when Liga MX picks back up and resumes play.