TIJUANA - One week of rest, to be able to put things in perspective, to give the injured players time to recover, and with big possibilities of being completely ready. Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles works with the optimism that in two weeks time when the league comes back into the action that they will finally have a full squad including injured players like Dario Benedetto and Javier Gandolfi.
The inconsistency that the Xolos have suffered from this season is not random or something that was not expected. Without a center forward there is no support for goalkeeper Cirilo Saucedo who stops most shots, but when goals do get past him there is no attack to level things out.
The Xoloitzcuintle goalkeeper spoke about the friendly game against Santos this coming weekend in San Antonio Texas,
"First of all the most important thing is to be careful with our personale, the closing of the season is coming up and there have been a lot of games." He also added "...maintain the football rhythm and execute things we have been working on all week long." Commented Sauced about the game in Texas.
Saucedo was able to explain why the team has had such an irregular season thus far in the Apertura 2013 season of the Liga Bancomer MX. Last week's circumstances, injuries, and suspension; they are not excuses but rather explanations as to why the team is where it is.
"The calendar has not helped. We haven't had a complete squad in any of our games so far. But those are not excuses, and despite it all we are there close to qualifying to the playoffs." Explained Saucedo.
The Xolos are only three points away from Queretaro and the final playoff spot. They're working very hard to reach that qualification that they may not deserve, but that is very reachable. And Saucedo believes once in the playoffs they'll be a huge threat to any team once they have a full squad.
"We know we could do better, but it is not all lost yet. If we have a strong finish we will definitely be candidates to the championship. Don't count us out just yet." Concluded Saucedo.