- Monterrey tackle Al Hilal in match for third place at Qatar 2019
- Los Rayados hoping to cap historic yr by profitable bronze and Liga MX title
- “We wish to return to Mexico with a good greater smile”
Monterrey’s prime scorer within the CONCACAF Champions League with 4 objectives, Nico Sanchez did as a lot as anybody to fireside the Mexicans into the FIFA Membership World Cup Qatar 2019™.
Sanchez then led the Rayados defence with distinction of their opening match towards Al Sadd and was in commanding type as soon as once more once they took on Liverpool. Exhibiting his management, dedication and reward for anticipation, the centre-back did every thing he needed to do and did it effectively.
“We performed a very good match and I believe we acquitted ourselves effectively towards maybe the most effective group on this planet,” he mentioned. “We have been in with an opportunity of profitable it proper till the final minute.” And although Roberto Firmino’s stoppage-time strike ended the Mexican membership’s dream of a spot within the ultimate, they nonetheless have objectives to attain at Qatar 2019.
🥉 All eyes on bronze
The massive problem dealing with Los Rayados now could be to look forward and envisage themselves returning residence with bronze medals round their necks. Their likelihood to try this will come towards an Al Hilal aspect that includes the likes of Bafetimbi Gomis and Sebastian Giovinco in Saturday’s match for third place.
“It’s a vital sport for the membership,” mentioned Sanchez. “We wish to go as excessive as we are able to at this Membership World Cup. We’ll be taking the match simply as critically as we did towards Al Sadd and Liverpool, and we wish to win it so we are able to end third and go residence to our nation with a good greater smile.”
Although the outcome went towards them of their assembly with Liverpool, Monterrey might be glad with their efficiency. Stressing the significance of that show, Sanchez, one of many veterans and leaders of the dressing room, mentioned: “Now we have some children who did so effectively that they should have been noticed by some massive groups, who’ll be trying to are available for them now. That makes me proud. None of them have been overawed or scared. They gave pretty much as good as they bought.”
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- If Monterrey do end third, they are going to equal their finest ever efficiency within the competitors, again in 2012, once they beat Al Ahly of Egypt 2-0.
Al Hilal are up subsequent for Monterrey, after which come America within the Liga MX ultimate. The CONCACAF champions are simply three matches away from finishing a very spectacular 2019, and Sanchez has a sense the most effective is but to return in these previous couple of days of the yr.
“It’s been an unimaginable 12 months,” he mentioned. “It’s nonetheless not over, however we’ve executed an incredible job. We don’t have the posh of with the ability to cease and take inventory of all of it, however it’s been a very good yr. We simply have to complete it off in the easiest way attainable.”
And which means leaving the Membership World Cup with a bronze medal.