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Robert Dante Siboldi - semifinal against strong Necaxa toughest test

04 de Abril del 2018 8:30 am.

Under head coach Robert Dante Siboldi, los Guerreros of Santos Laguna have their sights set on winning two titles this Clausura as they inch nearer to the Copa MX final and Liga MX Liguilla.

On Wednesday night, Siboldi's team will face Necaxa in Aguascalientes for a pass to the final, where los Guerreros will play the winner of Toluca-Zacatepec for the trophy.
 
"The Semifinal, for me, has always been the most important part," said Siboldi on Tuesday after training. "The reason is that you are close to something and it's still far away. Tomorrow is a key match because if we win, we put ourselves in a final which would be the result of the work we have done. But we're facing a great rival in Necaxa who has shown great moments, with great players, a good squad, (the team) is very well run and has the same enthusiasm that we do, so we have to have a good approach tomorrow to stay on track for the title.
 

"The priority is the two tournaments," he continued.  "We have a number of points in league play and that allows us to dedicate our effort to Copa MX, while at the same time we are trying to get more in the league to have a better standing. I'm not saying we're already qualified, but we have a higher chance for locking up a top position so we're looking to take both competitions."
 
Siboldi went on to say that football always offers second chances, and advancement in Copa MX will be the perfect way to bounce back from the 3-2 loss to Atlas in Guadalajara, where los Guerreros came back from 3-0 down, scoring two goals in the second half by way of Julio Furch.

"We played a bad game (against Atlas) and now we can redeem it," he said. "That's what I like about Mexican football, anyone can beat anyone. It's a very competitive tournament where if you blink and stop doing what you've been doing every day, the other team, however low (in the table) it may be, will reach you. We try to see it like that. We're turning the page, learning from it, and we're prepared to give our best for a good game."

As for what went wrong for Siboldi's team in Guadalajara:

"Without a doubt it leaves a lot of room to learn," he concluded. "We must continue insisting on our idea, on possession, recovery, to cover the spaces. It was the one match (this tournament) where we were the most uncoordinated between the lines. We lost all hope of pressing forward, we generated spaces for the opponent and what happened happened. I commend the reaction of the team after being 3-0 down to continue looking for the draw."

Los Guerreros and Necaxa will kick off Wednesday night at 9:15 pm, and is listed to be shown via Galavision in the United States.