Wilson Tiago (pictured) has appeared in 11 of Toluca's 12 Liga MX games this season. (Photo: Mexsport)
TOLUCA, Mexico – Before Toluca travels to Costa Rica for next week’s CONCACAF Champions League semifinal, first leg match against Alajuelense, it will host Tigres in Liga MX play on Saturday.
The second-place Red Devils dropped a 2-1 decision to Atlante last week and are looking for a return to winning ways.
Midfielder Wilson Tiago, who has scored one goal this season, believes that a good performance against UANL will put the side into a good frame of mind.
“It is going to be a match like the others, a difficult match,” said the 31-year-old Brazilian. “We know that Tigres are not doing well [in the league], but we have the experience of the game against Atlante, who were fighting against relegation and we ended up losing.
“So we have to take on this match like all the others, with a lot of concentration, sacrifice and we know that if we win this match we are a step from achieving qualification for the playoffs. I think the team is working hard to show the best Toluca and keep in good step. We know that in winning we will be able to go into the Champions League much more calm.”
The former Morelia star added that the team is focused first on Liga MX and then will turn its attention towards Alajuelense.
“The first objective is qualifying and we know that with 28 points we are a step away from practically qualifying,” he commented. “It is the first goal and then later we will concentrate ourselves on the Champions League.”
The CCL semifinal opener between Toluca and Alajuelense will be played on April 2 at the Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto Scotiabank.