The UNAM Cougars carried out their training this Friday at the Saint Cugat High Performance Center with the firm sight that they have to compete since “zero minute” when the referee whistles when they play against Barcelona for the Joan Gamper Trophy dispute.
One of the footballers whose goal is clearer is the Argentinian striker Juan Ignacio Dinennowho has not been so lucky in recent games in front of goal, but knows that it is a matter of time to change course and assured that Pumas will compete face to face in this international duel.
“We play against a super team, one of the best in the world and we have to live up to it, because that’s what we want: we want to compete. We are going to go out hoping to win the match; Otherwise, we wouldn’t have come here. We know that it’s complicated, that it’s difficult, that it’s going to be a litmus test for us because it’s a match in which you can’t go wrong because they’re very good. We have to try to reduce the margin of error, but we are going to enjoy it. From minute zero to 90 we are going to compete, we are going to have the head to win”, affirmed the Argentine.
He also assured that there is no manual to beat the Barcelona, because it depends on the tactical approach and the effectiveness that you have. “Explanations or ways to beat him, I think they depend a lot on each one. We are going to go with a game plan that we are working on. You win by competing, being very effective. I think the key to being able to compete is to be too effective.”
Dinenno affirmed that the experience they are living is unique and that it does not represent a showcase for the team, since the University Club is great. “Living a unique experience for some of us, for the vast majority. We are enjoying it, training ‘full’. We can’t complain, we have everything.”
“We have a showcase every weekend that we wear this shirt. This club is very big, it’s huge and you don’t have to play a match like this to have a position. Play in the Mexican league and in Cougars it’s a lot”.
The auriazul forward is confident that he will be able to score, although his priority is that the team can compete. “I have the hope, the faith to be able to score a goal. We are going to compete and in that competition I have faith that it will go well for us and I will have the opportunity to score goals.”
For its part, Carlos Gutierrez highlighted the work that Daniel Alves has had for the team, since the Brazilian has been in charge of transmitting his knowledge about the rival team to all the university students.
“He has told us what they like, what they don’t like being done to them on the pitch. He has given us some ‘tips’ and we are quite lucky to have him on our side”, she commented.
In the same way, the midfielder accepted that the team is motivated by what it means to face the culé team at home, since this type of duel represents a lot for the players.
“Very motivated to play this game, for what Barcelona represents and I think we adapted well. We are very good to face this match. For us it represents a lot because we always want to meet these important teams and see where we stand. It is an unforgettable experience”.
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