Head coch Salvador Reyes addressed media before Los Guerreros are to face Veracruz at TSM to close round 10 of the 2018 Apertura. Reyes says the team is mentally content for the victories but is 100 percent focused on continuing to collect points so they can reach their first objective, which is to qualify for the Liguilla.
"When the team wins, it's always more receptive and content," he began. "We are happy working this week while recognizing the importance of Sunday's game," he said. "A complete week (has given) us the opportunity to work well and refine some details."
Los Guerreros head into the next round in fourth place with 17 points and a number of variables in their favor: leaders in fair play, two of the top scorers in the league, and an undefeated record at home with only one loss in all of 2018. But Reyes insists that while the odds may favor his team in this duel, they're not letting confidence get to their heads.
"The numbers, our location, the fans, and the moment would indicate that we are favorites. On the other hand, somthing we have to pay attention to is falling into an excess of confidence. Things can take a turn, so we must respect the rival. (Veracruz) comes in a situation of pressure and for that reason they'll come out looking to not give anything away. We must be very careful not to think that just because we're us that we will win. That would be the first serious error."
With securing their victories in mind, Reyes said clinching a spot in the top eight to qualify for the Liguilla is the main objective.
"I have it very clear. Playing in short tournaments makes it difficult to obtain great advantages, while on the other hand, back to back victories puts you in a favorable position. Each game is fundamental and it is important to reach our goals in the short, medium and long term. The short term goal is to seek qualification as soon as possible."
To conclude, he commented on players who have been out with injury. "Eduardo Herrera is doing well with his recovery, he has already gone down to the fields (from the gym) to work and this week he has re-incorporated with the group. Osvaldo Martinez is already working at one hundred percent and Edwuin Cetré has already played with the U-20, team, so the group is ready."