Pumas eager to rebound after consecutive defeats

Javier Cortes (pictured) and Pumas are 4-0-0 at home in the 2016 Liga MX Apertura. (Photo: Mexsport)


TORREÓN, Mexico – Pumas will look to end two-game losing streak in all competitions, when it hosts Atlas in the Liga MX Apertura on Wednesday at the Estadio Olimpico Universitario.

UNAM, which is 4W-0D-0L at home in domestic play and currently sits seventh in the table, is coming off a pair of road setbacks at Santos (1-3, September 18) and Honduras Progreso (1-2, September 15) in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League.

Winger Abraham Gonzalez views the short time between matches as being beneficial.

“That’s the most positive thing…Wednesday there is another game to forget this,” the 31-year-old Spaniard said. “We have to continue to be strong at home. We have to take advantage of the home field, so as not to break off from the top part of the table, and the match against Atlas will be very important for that. We have to win no matter what.” 

With a 0-2-3 away record, Gonzalez realizes that his side’s focus must be completely on 13th-place Atlas and not on Sunday’s clash at fifth-place Club America.

“It’s hard for us to win away from home,” commented the former Espanyol player. “I don’t know why, but it’s hard for us. It’s not worrying. I’s a great chance to win away from home, but first we have to think about winning Wednesday’s match with Atlas, so as not to fall away from the pack.”

Although Atlas is winless in four straight, Gonzalez is expecting a difficult encounter, especially since the visitor can potentially climb into the top eight with a win.

“I have seen a few matches. They play well,” he finished. “In the midfield, they have [Rafael Marquez], who manages things well and we have to be care with that. We have to continue to be strong at home.”