2019 fifa club world cup

We need to raise the bar against Liverpool, says Monterrey coach

DOHA: Monterrey coach Antonio Mohamed hoped his side will maintain the momentum when they take on European champions Liverpool in the FIFA Club World Cup semifinal on December 18.

“Tonight’s match was a difficult one. We'll have to flip the page and play better against Liverpool,” said Antonio.

The CONCACAF champions beat Al Sadd 3-2 to qualify for the last four.

“Liverpool will force you to perform better. Unless, we don’t play better and raise the bar, it’ll be difficult to beat them,” the Argentinian added.

Leonel Vangioni (23rd minute), Rogelio Funes (46’) and Carlos Rodriguez (77’) were on target for the Mexican side, who fought off Sadd challenge in the second half.

“It was very competitive and difficult match. The pitch was wet and heavy. We tried to press and recover the balls. We need to be self-disciplined and more focused in the semis. On paper, they (Liverpool) are the best team in the world, but we will give our best in the match,” said Antonio.  

Attacking midfielder Rodolfo Pizarro, who was adjudged man of the match, said that they suffered physically due to the pitch.

“We’re happy with our performance. But the pitch was wet and heavy. The latter stage of the match was competitive, and we paid the price due to a tough physical game,” said the 25-year-old.

The Mexican international exuded confidence on the big match against The Reds four days later.

“We overcame the challenges of jetlag and long-hours of travelling. The team has acclimatised to the ground conditions and the weather. So, we’re mentally and physically prepared to take on Liverpool,” he added.  

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