• Monday Mar 03, 2014

    Cardozo wants Toluca in FIFA Club World Cup

    Jose Cardozo (pictured) won a CONCACAF club championship as a player with Toluca and now he is trying to accomplish the same feat as the club's manager. (Photo: Mexsport)

    TOLUCA, Mexico – When his Toluca side returns to CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) action on March 11 at the San Jose Earthquakes, head coach Jose Cardozo believes that the quality of his players will prove to be the deciding factor. 

    The Red Devils do not plan on returning home with a deficit in the quarterfinal series. 

    “In what we have to improve on is to not lose away,” Cardozo told CONCACAF.com.  “That is going to be key because at home we have the advantage due to the altitude, and the players we have make the difference.  Now we play San Jose.  It is going to be a difficult match for us and for them because our goal is to make it to the final and win it, to focus ourselves is a must.

    “We are going to win with good football, with dynamism, with professionalism and a lot of sacrifice on the pitch to be able to overcome the opponent.”

    The former Paraguayan international also emphasized the value of executing well on both sides of the field.

    “We try to not give space to the opponent,” he said.  “We want to be an offensive team, put many people on the offensive and when we have to defend, we defend.  And when we attack, we are a dangerous team.” 

    Cardozo -- Toluca’s all-time leading goalscorer -- became a CONCACAF champion with the club in 2003, so he understands very well what the tournament represents.  It would be special for him to lift the trophy as a manager also.

    “It would be fantastic in my career and also it would be important for the players,” affirmed the 42-year-old.  “The goal in my career is always to win titles, for that we are working.  We know that it won’t be easy, but the dream is there.”

    A CCL championship this year would give Toluca a third CONCACAF crown and a place in the next FIFA Club World Cup.  To Cardozo, that factor alone provides the needed dose of motivation. 

    “This tournament is important because we want Toluca to participate on an international level and winning this tournament means playing the Club World Cup,” declared Cardozo, who added, “that is going to be very important for the institution.”



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