Portuguese manager Pedro Caixinha praised his Cruz Azul squad following its 2-1 comeback win over the Lobos BUAP, a win that helped the Mexican league club retain the top spot in the standings.
"The truth is that we could have scored first, but it didn't happen, and they got the goal and the team never gave up, just the opposite, it was calm, patient, covered the field and managed to come back, I can describe it as nothing short of brilliant," Caixinha said following Saturday's match.
The Cruz Azul manager admitted that he had strong words for his players at the half, trying to motivate them to take it to the Lobos and keep control of the top spot in the Mexican league.
Caixinha criticized the condition of the field at Azteca Stadium, which hosted a concert last week.
"Since the start of the tournament, I've noticed the that the field has gotten worse, I don't know, I'm not an expert, but I think it's made things worse each day and not just because of the concerts, it's got to be something else they're not telling us," the manager said.
Caixinha said Cruz Azul was concerned about the field conditions, "as the other team (America) that plays here and the stadium's owners should be."