07 de Febrero del 2018 8:59 am.
With three games to be played in the span of a week, Santos Laguna head coach Robert Dante Siboldi has confidence in the depth and variety of his squad as the team looks for a win against Toluca Wednesday night in Copa MX play.
A win for Santos in that game and los Guerreros are through to the next round, which would add for a boost of confidence before they play two more games in Liga MX in the span of a week. The cup match comes three days before their week six game against Chivas in Guadalajara, with a quick turnaround until week seven the following Wednesday, February 14, in Torreón against León.
Siboldi ensured the versatility in Santos’ attack, focusing on his main three up top: Cape Verdean striker Djaniny Taveres, who leads the league in goals scored with six; Argentine forward Julio Furch, who scored in los Guerreros’ last Copa MX game against Toluca and finished the 2017 Apertura with nine goals; and Uruguayan forward Jonathan Rodriguez, who opened los Guerreros’ Copa MX campaign with their first goal in sixth minute of play against Mineros in Zacatecas.
"As (the number nine), (Furch) is closest to the goal,” Siboldi said. “He works for his teammates and worries the opponent. That they have to be aware of him, those in the center and in each line. He gives us options in one-on-one (opportunities), he makes his teammates play, he’s a player who holds the ball well, works well in recovery. He reaches the rival’s line, but what’s happened is that he’s been denied the goal(s). His game has given Djaniny Tavares scoring opportunities. You have to see the great volume of play that he gives the team - it's impressive."
He went on to elaborate on Rodriguez’s versatility on the field and how the young and speedy forward has been an asset to los Guerreros.
"Jonathan has done a very good job in recovery, he helped the team to find spaces on the wings, to press up, sending passes. His moment will come. It's great work together that, maybe for some, it may mean that they do not contribute, but they do contribute a lot - both Furch, and Cabecita,” he finished, referring to Rodriguez.
All three forwards traveled with the team to Toluca, where los Guerreros will remain until Friday when they set off for Guadalajara ahead of Saturday’s game in League play.
Looking ahead to Wednesday night’s match up, Santos goes in with two wins in two games, including a recent 2-1 victory over the Red Devils at Estadio Corona on January 24th. Brian Lozano and Furch both scored to help the team achieve the three points.
And while Copa MX is a tournament where teams use a mix of veterans, younger players, and bench players fighting for a spot in the starting eleven, Siboldi insisted that Santos is anticipating an A team in Wednesday night’s hosts.
"We’re expecting the best version of Toluca, and with its main team because it has until Sunday to play in Liga, so they have time for their players to recover. They are going to go out with their best team (against us) because they need to win to continue in the tournament.”
He added: "We are prepared for that, we have prepared all week to face a tough opponent. We’ll go out to play a top game and the guys who play will give their best."
Santos Laguna vs. Toluca in Round Four of Copa MX kicks off at 8:30 p.m. at Estadio Nemesio Diez, and can be seen on Galavision in the United States.