• Friday Feb 21, 2014

    Toluca looks to remain hot against Guadalajara

    Oscar Rojas (red) and Toluca will host Guadalajara in a Liga MX game on February 23, 2014. (Photo: Mexsport)

     

    TOLUCA, Mexico – It was only a few short months ago that Toluca finished the 2013 Apertura regular season with six wins and 27 points, totals that were good enough for a fifth-place finish.

    Flash forward to present day and the Red Devils have already triumphed five times in seven Clausura games, ascending to second place behind fellow CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinalist Cruz Azul.

    The club’s rise has been impressive.  With opportunities to acquire an 11th Mexican title and a third confederation crown on offer over the next few months, it is full speed ahead. 

    For midfielder Oscar Rojas, who is taking a thoughtful view on Sunday’s encounter against visiting Guadalajara, the extraordinary possibilities presented by the current campaign serve as motivation.

    "I think what matters is the present,” said Rojas about the meeting.  “The other tournaments are already left behind, both for them and for us.  The present is what it counts and in the present we are both fine, then it is going to be a complicated duel.”

    After going winless in three straight games, Chivas has posted victories in its last two.  It is even with Club America on 12 points in a tie for third place.

    A win by Toluca, though, would create a seven-point gulf between the two.

    “It is a game that you wait all season to play,” expressed Rojas.  “It is an important rival.  The significance of the win is important for us and we are focused on getting the three points at home.”

    Speaking of home, the Estadio Nemesio Diez has been kind to Toluca as the Red Devils are unbeaten there in ten straight games in all competitions, striking for two or more goals in each of the last five outings.

    Despite all signs pointing in the right direction, Rojas knows that now is not the time for complacency.

    “I followed Chivas’ matches and I've seen them improve with each passing game,” he noted.  “I think it will be a difficult rival.  It is a team that likes to play football and getting three points is going to be hard.  The idea of playing at home is always take three points, pressuring the opponent, not to let it play, always be on top of them and that's what has helped us to come out victorious.”

    Toluca will meet the San Jose Earthquakes in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.  The first leg will be played at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, California, on March 11.

  • Champions League

    Related News



RELATED NEWS YOU'LL LIKE

Tigres, Ferretti stay committed to Club World Cup objective

It may have fallen in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League for a second consecutive year, but Tigres is as motivated as ever to qualify for a FIFA Club World Cup.

Alonso delighted by Pachuca success, squad & fans

Emotion was etched clearly on the face of head coach Diego Alonso.

Pachuca’s Blanco grasps SCCL Golden Glove

Alfonso Blanco was named winner of the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League’s Golden Glove award after helping Pachuca to its second straight title on Wednesday, prevailing over Tigres 2-1 on aggregate.

SCCL 2016-17: CF Pachuca vs Tigres UANL Highlights

Flash Zone Interviews: Pachuca v Tigres