This is the weekend of the National Classic, both in Liga MX and Liga MX Femenil. The red and white team will take to the field of the Azteca Stadium on Sunday to face América, the current champion of the circuit, who is also the leader of the current tournament, unbeaten with nine wins and one draw. Chivas coach Antonio Spinelli is not impressed by these numbers and assures that his team is fearlessly looking for victory.
“Each game is a story in itself. Chivas and América have faced each other countless times, especially in the final stages or in important games like the Mexican Classic. Now it’s the turn of Chivas under my command and we have a different position in the game, what we develop in this 10-day championship is what we will do with Azteca. América is a united team, which has just become the champion and has excellent performance in the championship. We are the two leading teams, fighting for the first places to enter the Liguilla, each with a different stamp. All the teams in the world, even those leading avant-garde teams, there are strengths and weaknesses. Soccer is a game of deception, where we exalt the virtues and take back the defects. For me there will be a tactical duel then it is a game of players, how they execute. The idea is to come out and play as equals, with a lot of respect, but no fear,” he explained.
“We have a commitment and a responsibility for what we express about football, we have a feeling for this game, a real feeling and the worst thing a person can do in football is to betray you, betray your idea. It seems to me that in this case, Chivas will go out and play as they have done in the games since we arrived. What I give to the team is a different seal has to do with my idea of the game, it has nothing to do with whether I coach in Argentina or Europe. It has everything to do with how I feel about football, how I train it and what I want my team to stand on the field. I want that it is a leading team, that will impose conditions, to understand the context of what is happening and to understand that the game will last 90 minutes, with many favorable moments, but also to know that in not good times we have to be intense, aggressive. We are in the biggest club in Mexico and we have a responsibility. This is a club that cannot allow itself to tie up, and when you tie up the fans don’t like it and we don’t like it. We have a responsibility for that, but for me the result is an end, but the means is what brings you to that end. In this identity of the game, based on my credo and how I feel we should approach these types of matches, we have the responsibility to be the protagonists and go out to play with respect, as we respect everyone. who are rivals, but there is no fear because we are Chivas. Antonio Spinelli added.
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In the end, he believed in the opportunity his team had to try to win the National Classic. “The team is at its right point. We know when we start the championship that our goal is from the lowest to the highest, always respecting the process. When a new coach arrives, many issue is what needs to be done. Through the conviction that I have my idea and how I want the team to play, working with the players to train how we want to play. I think we are coming well, even in some stages we lack, like efficiency because we are a team that creates more than our opponents, but we have a low level of efficiency. We convert less than what we create, but every time one can create better with more than less. In that sense, we are left with the peace of mind that if we change the definition, we will improve. We also arrived with Licha Cervantes who scored four goals in the last two game. The team arrived well, they arrived mentally prepared and, above all, eager to put on a good performance and rise to the occasion,” he concluded.