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Bryan Rabello: We're five points from playoff contention and we're going to fight to the end

06 de Septiembre del 2016 5:45 pm.

With the halfway point of the 2016 Apertura’s regular tournament rapidly approaching, the first team at Santos Laguna has been working at Territorio Santos Modelo throughout the duration of the international break with double sessions woven in weekly.

The group has had almost two complete weeks to work under Jose Manuel de la Torre and his coaching staff without distractions so it can prepare to bounce back and begin this next part of the tournament on the right foot. 

Santos is looking at a busy month of September with a five-game stretch in 15 days, starting with an away game in Aguascalientes against Necaxa on Saturday, September 10.  Veracruz follows three days later in the team’s final game of the group stage in Copa MX, which would determine whether or not they advance.

Pumas is scheduled for Sunday, September 18 at Estadio Corona, Rayados will host Los Guerreros the following Wednesday in Monterrey, and to close out the month, Santos will host first-place Club Tijuana on Sunday, September 25 at Estadio Corona.

Apart from training and double sessions over the past several days, the team is using the time together to become more united knowing what’s at stake as the tournament rolls on.

"I see our group with an urge, especially after our victory (against Leon) at home,” said midfielder Bryan Rabello after training Monday afternoon.  “We needed it and certainly we’re working with more confidence, with more happiness in the squad; it makes things flow much better. It’s a good environment between us … we needed those three points to reconnect with our fans.”

The Chilean number 10, who has started six games for Los Guerreros this tournament, is confident the team can use this momentum and period of readjustment to move into top eight of the table within playoff contention. "We’re five points behind eighth place,” he said.  “We’re going to fight until the end and for now, go for the three points against Necaxa.” 

With 10 games remaining until November, Los Guerreros will look to close September on a high note. Three consecutive games on the road will follow from October 1 – 15 against Queretaro, a friendly in Houston against Tigres, and current champions Pachuca at Estadio Hidalgo. Atlas, Club America, Chiapas, and Toluca will occupy the remaining games for Santos until November 20, when rivals will be set for the 2016 Apertura Liguilla.