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Jonathan Orozco: we have a winning mentality

12 de Septiembre del 2018 8:20 pm.

Goalkeeper Jonathan Orozco spoke to media after Wednesday morning training, where los Guerreros focused on fitness, passing and shooting accuracy, and ball definition in confined spaces.

The 32-year-old veteran 'keeper addressed a varitey of topics, including the date change in week nine's match vs. Leon, the importance of winning at home to keep amassing points, and the three national team calls earned by his teammates in defense.

On the schedule change from Friday at 8pm to Sunday at 4pm:
"It changes our plans a bit in the sense of work for the week, but it also helps in the arrival of the players with the national team (Jose Javier Abella, Jesus Angulo, and Gerardo Arteaga) and them being able to work with the whole team (with more time). They'll arrive tomorrow to incorporate with us and be ready for Sunday. That's what matters is that they'll come in time to work as a group, which is important.

"It will affect Leon a little more (than us), because we are more accustomed to training at high temperatures. Right now we have more humidity which we aren't used to, but other than that there is no excuse. We hope that the fans who come out at that time can feel a little of that nostalgia like when we played at the old Estadio Corona at 4:00pm. Apart from that, we are thinking of a victory that puts us close to the classification (of the Liguilla), which is our objective."

On the importance of winning at home against Leon (11th place, 3-1-4):
"We know how important it is to win at home, to add three more points.  Leon is fighting; they come with the intention of winning, too.  For us the victory would give us a boost because we have two consecutive home games, so reaching 20 points would be very important for us. We have the (right) mentality and are approaching (the game) calmly to return the best result and win. We want to have a good tournament like we did in the one before, and qualify for the liguilla."

On Mexico's senior team debuts for Jose Javier Abella, Jesus Angulo, and Gerardo Arteaga:
I'm very happy for all three of them. Yesterday Gerardo Arteaga played very well, Jesus Angulo played at the maximum in his debut (vs Uruguay)against a very important striker like Luis Suárez; he did quite well. Javier Abella had a lot of depth in yesterday's match, and hopefully Ricardo Ferretti continues to call them -  just as Nestor Araujo was invaluable for the national team - to continue in their process."

Los Guerreros (5th place,  4-2-2), have only lost one game at Estadio Corona all year, which came in the 2018 Clausura against Pumas. Sunday's game, which was rescheduled to 4:00pm, will feature a special ceremony honoring two "Guerreros de Honor:" Juan Flores, and current assistant coach Rafael Figueroa.