Bob Bradley isn’t usually an exaggeration, so just listening to him on Monday will help you understand the importance of LAFC’s next match.
Especially when he called it the biggest game in club history.
LAFC will face Liga MX Power Tigres UANL on Tuesday night in the 2020 Conca Cuff Champions League final. The match at the Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Florida gives Bradley the opportunity to make history. The MLS team has never won in 11 years of history, but if you repeat what you did in each of the last three rounds, Black and Gold could be the first.
That is, knock off a powerful Mexican club.
“It’s special when you’re a player and you have a chance to play in the finals,” Bradley said on Monday. “Our preparation, commitment to how to play, willingness to go out on the field, play soccer, move forward, create opportunities and be a brave team to play at a fast tempo. This is our goal.
“That’s all that everyone really thinks and talks about at this point.”
If LAFC is to make history in a championship match on Tuesday, for the first time in franchise history, the team will have to do so without the major midfielder Eduardo Testa. Bradley said Monday that the MLS team is trying to appeal the decision but does not expect Atesta to play in the title after receiving a red card in the semifinals last Saturday.
Whether Colombians are eligible to play or not, Black and Gold are focused on adapting the game to their requirements. As with the large spells in the previous round against Club Leon, Cruz Azul, and Club America.
“The biggest thing for us is to give (to Tigres) a game they’ve never seen,” said midfielder Mark-Anthony Kay. “We were pretty good at doing that with these teams, so we’re excited to play our way and see how they deal with us. . “
Of course, LAFC should also be as defensively healthy as possible. Tigres boasts quality players in many positions, but the most notable player may be the prolific striker André-Pierre Gignac. The Frenchman is one of the Tigres’s weapons that LAFC must try to cover up in a confrontation in Central Florida tied to LAFC’s Carlos Vela with goals scored in this tournament.
“Gignac is a big personality and a big player,” Bradley said. “When he played for Marseille, I looked closely at him. He was always a strong reference for his team’s attacks. He is good, big and has a strong personality.
“We understand what he brings to Tigres. He is a very, very good player.”
Still, LAFC has its own players who can make a difference. I hope they can come again so that Tuesday ends with a note of victory. About championship notes. About historical notes.
“The club has always aimed to be the top team on a global scale,” Kay said. “This final is exciting because we can touch the distance we get there. The final is another kind of game and this club can see the final early in its history. I’m happy. “
Braley added: “This is our first final, so we’ll call it the biggest game.”
– Soccer Sports
Bob Bradley: CCL Final is the biggest match in LAFC history
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