Head coach Diego Alonso (pictured) celebrates after his Pachuca side defeated visiting Tigres to win the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League title on April 26, 2017, in Pachuca, Mexico. (Photo: Mexsport)
PACHUCA, Mexico – Emotion was etched clearly on the face of head coach Diego Alonso.
The 42-year-old was teary-eyed after his Tuzos earned a 1-0 win over visiting Tigres in the second leg of the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League final for 2-1 aggregate triumph.
That success punched the five-time CONCACAF champion’s ticket to the United Arab Emirates for the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup in December.
“The truth is that it’s exciting, it’s another title, it’s a ticket to be able to play the Club World Cup where the best in the world are,” said Alonso. “We want to go to compete, so we are happy for the title, for the passage that we have in order to play the Club World Cup and for being part of a group of players who always want to compete.”
Alonso also acknowledged the fans in attendance, who have never seen Pachuca lose in the SCCL at the Estadio Hidalgo, with the streak now standing at 15 games (14W-1D-0L) – a competition record.
“I say thank you to them,” the former Uruguay international concluded. “They have been incredible. They have supported us. We are unbeaten in a lot of matches and have broken the records that there are to break. Thanks to God we could give them joy.”