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The Argentinian Andres Lillini coach of the Mexican soccer pumas, affirmed this Monday that his team must demonstrate in the rest of the tournament that the 5-0 victory over Toluca was no accident.
“We won in a good way, but this step is small because it is just the first date. Now we must show that it was not by chance and that we are more relevant than ever“, Explained the coach at the end of the duel on date one of Clausura 2022.
The Pumas won at the Olympic Stadium in Ciudad Universitaria with Brazilian Rogério de Oliveira double, goals from his compatriots Diogo de Oliveira and Higor Meritão, one each, and another from the debutant Antonio Ruvalcaba, 20 years old.
Lillini detailed the approach with which they broke the rival’s standoff.
“Toluca came out with a line of five defenses that we surpassed with the arrival of the full-backs, with the good work in the middle court of the two shields and with the forcefulness that we had, because it’s easier when you specifyHe mentioned.
The strategist defended himself from the accusations his team received due to the lack of reinforcements for the tournament that begins and in return they let go of Erik Lira, a 21-year-old young man who emerged in the lower forces of Pumas.
“I have reinforcements at home and I will defend that. Criticisms always exist, we are not a consenting team. There is a project that I defend, but we must have results, keep our feet on the ground and continue to grow“.
Andrés Lillini stressed that the victory is relevant due to the quality of the opponent and his coach Ignacio Ambriz, who has already been a champion in Mexican soccer and last semester he directed in the second division of Spain.
“We were superior to a hierarchy rival, led by a technician who I respect very much for the ability he has shown in all his teams, that brightens the victory because Toluca has great players“.
On day two of Clausura 2022 the Pumas will visit Querétaro next Friday.
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