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All eyes on Chivas as los Guerreros look to climb the Liga MX table

09 de Febrero del 2018 12:34 pm.

Santos Laguna is taking advantage of its recent Copa MX game in Toluca to train at the Federation’s training center, where it has access to high-level facilities like those at Territorio Santos Modelo to prepare in the best possible way for its week six match against Chivas on Saturday.

Players trained Thursday morning and worked on tactical details ahead of the duel, which will take place at the newly-renamed Estadio Akron (formerly Estadio Chivas), where los Guerreros have posted a loss and a draw in their last two games on the road against the 16th-placed Guadalajara-based team.

Central defender and Mexico international Néstor Araujo assured the media after training that the team is only focused on a victory to keep climbing in the table to obtain and maintain consistency at the top.

"The team is doing well,” he began. “All of the players in the team who have had participation are at one hundred percent for this opportunity to beat Chivas and reach eleven points, moving up to the top four or five.

And we are thinking of being in those top places of the table. Chivas will be worrying about their own ideas and we will be focused on our own, to have a good game and achieve a good victory.”

A win on the road against Chivas will also set the stage for midweek game at Estadio Corona against Leon, which is scheduled for Wednesday, February 14 at 7:00 p.m. local time. From there, los Guerreros will travel back to the state of Mexico to face Toluca in League play just four days later on February 18.

That’s three more games on the horizon over the span of nine days, but Los Guerreros remain well-suited for battle after five weeks of league play and three rounds of Copa MX action.

As the 2018 Clausura nears one third of its completion, head coach Robert Dante Siboldi’s team has only one loss in five games, going 2-2-1 with eight points, and the squad remains healthy with a good amount of variety. Djaniny Tavares remains at the top of the goal scoring table with plenty of cohesion between his fellow attackers, depth in the midfield gives the group options while maintaining its strength, and in three league games, Santos remains undefeated having only conceded one goal.  Los Guerreros also lead the league in Fair Play, a testament to the group’s maturity and discipline.  

With a strong mental focus, Saturday’s game against Chivas is the boost needed to get further to the top. “Regularity is what the team wants,” added Aruajo. “We know we have to win to be in those top places and get closer to the end goal (of qualifying for the Liguilla)."