Marco Fabian (pictured) would like to see Cruz Azul follow-up last season's CONCACAF Champions League success with a 2014 Liga MX Apertura title. (Photo: Mexsport)
MÉXICO CITY – Cruz Azul kicks off a busy five-month stretch on Saturday, when it hosts Pachuca in the 2014 Liga MX Apertura opener for both at the Estadio Azul.
With CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) play set to start in August and December’s FIFA Club World Cup looming large, there’s a lot at stake for the club.
Attacking midfielder Marco Fabian, though, believes that the roster has been constructed to meet such heavy demands.
“We have a great responsibility,” said Fabian. “Three tournaments are coming and we have the ideal team. There is the Mexican League thorn in our side and we should target a championship place. Today, Cruz Azul is strong. I think that we are stronger than last year, but we must look to win the crown ourselves.”
The current CCL champion will be looking to win its first league title in 17 years. After breaking its international trophy drought in April, Fabian believes that the same can be accomplished in Liga MX.
“That is what is needed here,” explained Fabian, who made three appearances for Mexico at the recently completed World Cup. “There have been good seasons, but in the end, the goal has not been accomplished, which is the championship. Without the championship nothing happens here.”
After six years Guadalajara, Fabian was loaned to Cruz Azul last December. He enjoyed a fine debut season, playing in 15 Clausura matches and lifting the CCL trophy.
The 24-year-old is quite content with life in Mexico City.
“I feel very happy since arriving here,” Fabian concluded. “Last season went well for me and I’m looking for it to go even better. I want to be a standard for this team.”