Mexico city (ap) – coach santiago solari denied on friday that america is looking for another signing to cover the loss of two players who were injured in the first dates of the mexican opening tournament.
Solari affirmed that he will continue with what he has.
Initially, the Eagles lost for the entire tournament behind the Argentine midfielder Leonardo Suárez, who had an ankle surgery. His substitute, the Ecuadorian Renato Ibarra, suffered an injury to his right thigh that also relegated him.
Local media speculated in the middle of the week that America was targeting the Venezuelan Darwin Machís, from Granada of the Spanish League.
“In this matter, our quota of foreigners is covered, we have many dates like this,” said Solari at a press conference. “The team is focused and convinced of what it has to do and yes, we always look at how to improve the team and we will always do that, but we are focused on what is to come.”
The Argentine coach said that to make up for the casualties of Suárez and Ibarra, he has in mind to test players like Sebastián Córdova or the Colombian Roger Martínez. Another possibility would be to give a player from the lower ranks a chance.
Starting this Saturday, when it receives Mazatlán for the eighth date of the Apertura tournament, America will begin a demanding journey. He will have to travel to the United States to face the Philadelphia Union in the CONCACAF semifinals midweek and will return to Mexico to visit Toluca on Saturday.
As if that were not enough, a week later, the Eagles have to play the national classic against Chivas.
“Important games are coming, so we only think about the competition,” said Solari, a former Real Madrid coach, who is directing his second tournament in Mexico. “It is very difficult to play in Mexico, the league is competitive with well-organized teams. Each date there is a result that a priori could not be expected ”.
Solari will try to avoid some of those unpleasant surprises with America. The Eagles enter the game undefeated and as leaders of the tournament against a team from Mazatlán that has started well, but is 11 places behind in the table.
“We know it will be tough, you have to be vigilant and involved, you have to fight from end to end to get the points we want and for that we are preparing,” added Solari.
The coach already has all the players in his squad who participated in FIFA Date back, but he did not want to reveal how many of them will take part in the match against Mazatlán.
The game will take place on the Azteca stadium field this Saturday night.