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Martinez: We are going to Aguascalientes for three points

25 de Septiembre del 2018 8:27 pm.

Osvaldo Martinez is undoubtedly ready to face week 11 rival Necaxa, thinking about returning to Torreon with a victory as the final half of the 2018 Apertura's regular phase rolls on.

In Tuesday morning's post-training press conference, he addressed the upcoming game and how he's feeling personally on the field.

"We are in fifth place now and within the qualification zone, so we must continue working, improve personally and as a group, and think about the day to day things," he said.

Santos Laguna drew 1-1 on Sunday against Veracruz at TSM and will now look beyond settling for a point to keep their momentum going and fight for the dual championship.

"We'll go to Aguascalientes with the mentality of obtaining three points and continuing to move up (in the table). We know that this tournament is very even, meaning that almost all teams have a chance to qualify, so we can not lower our arms because at any moment one team can overtake the other. We're going with the mentality of recovering our game, which is what has had us in this tournament among the top places in the table."

With 18 points, a win on Saturday night against Necaxa would bump los Guerreros up in Liga MX table - one of head coach Salvador Reyes' goals as the team aims to clinch a qualifying spot in the top four.

"We will play our best football on Saturday knowing that (Necaxa) is coming off a loss," he added. "It is going to be one of the more difficult matches that we'll face in the tournament; Necaxa plays quite well on the ball, with the ability to unbalance from the midfield upwards. We will be very focused on the game, knowing that we have to take advantage of the chances."

The Paraguayan midfielder, who recently sat out as a precaution due to a muscular aggrevation, said he is focused on returning to play at 100 percent and be as useful as he can to his teammates against an attack-minded team.

"The workload one undertakes in the midfield is very demanding, and knowing the teams that play here in Mexico are more offensive, it would be wrong for me to leave José Juan (Vázquez) alone in the defensive midfield, so I also try to help him defend. I'm going to improve on a day-to-day basis."

Los Guerreros will continue their daily training on Wednesday morning at 9:00 am.