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Siboldi: When the team works, individual talents shine

13 de Febrero del 2018 4:41 pm.

Head coach Robert Dante Siboldi is pleased with the collective effort of his team after their 2-0 victory in Guadalajara vs. Chivas, and anticipates a battle at Estadio Corona when they face Leon on Valentines Day for week seven in Liga MX. 

"La Fierra" will visit TSM where they haven't won a league game since the 2015 Apertura. Since then, Santos has posted a record of 1-1-2 against the team from Guanajuato, having most recently come out with a victory last year in Estadio Leon for the first time, with goals by Julio Furch and Diego de Buen. 

This time, Siboldi is expecting another close match. Santos (2-2-1, last five games) currently in fourth place with 11 points, will face a tough Leon side (1-1-2) who are coming off a 2-1 defeat of Puebla and are only within a point of los Guerreros at sixth in the table. 

"A point is nothing," he said. "We are on equal terms and we want to take advantage of the fact that we are at home to win and please our people."

With regard to Leon's idea of play, he said:

"It's a team that seeks to be solid. It has a balanced midfield with (Luis) Montes, and we all know what kind of player he is.

"Leon is balanced," he reiterated. "They're an interesting opponent; a team that has started the tournament very well, had two games that did not go well (against Necaxa and Monterrey), but resumed their football last week against Puebla and won at home. They are a team to be respected among the best eight," he said, referring to the top eight teams in the Liga MX table. 

And while the former Uruguayan international recognized that Leon will be a tough test, he also affirmed that los Guerreros have been doing things well and have players living great moments, especially in the attack. 

"Now it's (Djaniny Tavares) to score goals," he began, mentioning Tavres' seven goals in his last six games, placing him at the top of the Liga MX goal scoring table where he’s remained since the beginning of the 2018 Clausura.

"I'm also glad that Julio (Furch) could score the goal that gave us the advantage against Chivas, and also for his motivation. (His scoring) gives him confidence and that will help to generate more goals.  When the team works, individualities shine on their own." 

Finally, Siboldi recognized Leon's newest addition in former LA Galaxy and U.S. Men's national team forward Landon Donovan, who came out of retirement and relocated to Guanajuato from San Diego, California to play for "La Fierra." 

"I do not know why he retired when I think he still had a lot to give," he said. "His return gives me great joy because he is a player who has a good level, he demonstrates important leadership. What surprised me is that he had retired very young. I think he should have continued playing. It's good that he returned to the fields and that he has been given this opportunity." 

Donovan did make the trip to Torreon with Leon, and after making his debut in week six vs. Puebla, it’s possible he could go head to head with fellow American and U.S international Jorge Villafaña Wednesday night at Estadio Corona.

Santos Laguna vs. Leon kicks off at 7:00 p.m central time.