Pachuca players earn Alonso praise

Pachuca players (pictured) celebrate after scoring against host Morelia in a Liga MX Apertura match on September 20, 2016. (Photo: Mexsport)

MORELIA, Mexico – After Pachuca defeated host Morelia 5-1 on Tuesday to win for the first time in its last five Liga MX outings, head coach Diego Alonso praised the effort and his players.

Franco Jara scored a goal in each half, while Erick Gutierrez, Hirving Lozano and Wilson Morelo added one each in the Tuzos’ fourth game in 12 days, including an 11-0 win over Police United in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League on September 13.

“It’s not the victory,” said Alonso. “It is the performance that we have had during these weeks. It has been a very high performance.

“The match against Tijuana was spectacular (2-2 home draw, September 17). The match that we played against Monterrey with ten men (1-1 home draw, August 27] was excellent. They were great matches. We have been playing very well. The victory gives me nothing more than the confirmation that the team has the performance that we looked for.”

Pachuca, which jumped up to third place in the Apertura, returns to action Saturday with a home date against Queretaro, followed by a visit to Puebla on October 2. Alonso wants the momentum to build as the battle for a postseason place continues.

“We cannot become stagnate or believe that today was enough,” the 41-year-old finished. “For this, I like to train these players because they know that each training session is a challenge. That for a manager is life, having players of those characteristics. What we have done today is good, but only for today. Tomorrow, we should focus ourselves on another challenge that will be equally difficult as this one.”

In the SCCL, the Tuzos have a six-point lead atop the Group E table and can clinch a place in the quarterfinals if Olimpia fails to beat host Police United in Belize on September 29.