Cruz Azul goalkeeper Guillermo Allison (pictured) is expected to play in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final against visiting Toluca on April 15, 2014. (Photo: Mexsport)
MEXICO CITY, Mexico – As the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final on Tuesday quickly approaches, all is tranquil in the Cruz Azul camp.
Goalkeeper Guillermo Allison, who is expected to step in for the suspended Jesus Corona against Toluca, expressed those sentiments during a Monday press conference at the club’s training facility, La Noria.
“There is a lot of calmness, a lot of assuredness in the team,” said Allison, who has made one appearance in the 2013-14 Liga MX Clausura. “We are concentrated on what is going to happen tomorrow night, and the truth is that the ghosts and everything of the past are there and going to stay there. We can stir them up to learn from them and we can leave them there.
“The truth is that Tuesday is another final and like any other we want to win it.”
La Maquina’s history in domestic and international finals is well documented. It hasn’t won a Mexican league or CONCACAF crown since 1997, the year that both trophies were captured. Head coach Luis Fernando Torres was in charge back then and leads the team now.
Despite being only 23-years-old, Allison is confident that he can do the job and pointed out that Corona has been a great help in preparing for the biggest game of his career.
“The truth is that [Corona] has been a great teammate,” commented Allison. “He is a great person that I respect a lot and I have great admiration for him. He has supported me and he has kept me calm and I know that I have his confidence and the confidence of the team.
“The whole world dreams of playing in a final. All of us come into the moment, to be able to get something at this stage, and the only thing that can be done is to enjoy it.”
If a lack of minutes on the field with his defenders was a concern, Allison said that they are all very familiar with each other.
“We are working day to day,” he concluded. “We know each other very well. I have been with the club a long time. I have not played much, but I know all of my teammates. I know how they perform on the field and they know me.”
Cruz Azul will be making its third appearance in a CCL final and first since falling to Pachuca on the away goals rule after a 2-2 aggregate draw in 2010.