• Wednesday Mar 09, 2016

    After SCCL success, Queretaro wants consistency

    Action from the Liga MX Clausura match between host Queretaro and Guadalajara (red/white jersey) on March 5, 2016, in Queretaro, Mexico. (Photo: Mexsport)

    QUERETARO, Mexico – Queretaro’s excitement about advancing to the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League semifinals was tempered somewhat after following it up with a 2-0 loss to visiting Guadalajara in the Liga MX Clausura on Saturday.

    The Gallos Blancos played to a 1-1 draw against host D.C. United earlier in the week to capture their quarterfinal series (agg: 3-1) and set-up a final-four showdown with Tigres.

    Head coach Victor Manuel Vucetich refused to use the midweek travel as an excuse for a result that saw his team fall to 2W-2D-5L on the season. 

    “It was loss, you cannot view it any other way,” said Vucetich.  “It wasn’t a good day for us.  Chivas got the better of us in energy, speed and we lacked doing a lot.”

    The former Monterrey manager reaffirmed that Queretaro’s priority is to win the SCCL, also remarking that it needs to remain concentrated on earning good results in Liga MX.

    “Since the beginning I mentioned our tendency toward [the SCCL], but you cannot break apart everything just for one tournament,” he stressed.

    Gaining domestic consistency is a key theme for Vucetich.  Queretaro has yet to win two consecutive games and has kept only one clean sheet. 

    “There are vital things for us: attitude and game circumstances,” finished the 60-year-old.  “There are some who are having ups and downs.” 

    That can all start to be rectified on Saturday, when Queretaro returns to action at third-place Leon.

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