Cruz Azul management blamed the club’s personnel for their 2-5-5 record, but Gerardo Torrado said the team has been hit by misfortune.

Apr 6, 2009 12:46:00 PM

Gerardo Torrado- Cruz Azul (Mexsport)
Gerardo Torrado- Cruz Azul (Mexsport)

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Cruz Azul are going through some tough times; they are currently last in Group 2 with only 11 points. La Maquina has only been able to manage two wins this entire season.

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But for Cruz Azul players, these results are all just a string of bad luck.

Cruz Azul Vice President Victor Garces said they are lacking the attitude needed to win and pointed to a personnel problem. However, Gerardo Torrado feels differently.

“I think the attitude of the team is there. We are a major part to what is happening right now. We are the ones with the ideas inside the field, we’re the ones who play, and the ones that score goals. In a certain form we have not been able to get the results needed in the championship,” clarified Torrado. “We all talk amongst ourselves and we are all committed to take Cruz Azul forward. We know that everyone including the coaching staff will turn things around. We work hard and we fight but sometimes the outcome just doesn’t go your way.”

Although not playing well in Mexico, Cruz Azul has managed to reach the semifinals in the CONCACAF Champions League. La Maquina will have to measure up against Puerto Rico Islanders. They will go into the game with a two goal disadvantage. They will play at home but even then the stadium is not expected to fill due to recent results.

“When we do not get the right result is when we should be stronger mentally, we need to keep the faith with oneself and with the team in order to go forward. If we put all those elements together we will be able to turn things around,” Torrado said. “We will need to play every game like if it was a final and against the islanders we need to come out victorious. We need to play intensely and never put our arms down in any of the tournaments.»

If Cruz Azul continues like this it won’t be long till their fans break out the paper bags and put them over their heads just to be able to attend a game.

Sylvestre Adame, Goal.com

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