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Leagues Cup

Pablo Aguilar has a past with Cruz Azul’s main rival, Club America, but he's been able to win over ‘Cementeros’ fans' hearts and become the leader of a solid defensive line that's been key to winning titles. So far, he's added two cups to his resume at La Maquina and is one game away from conquering Leagues Cup.

The Paraguayan center back is well aware of the club he plays for and the expectations that come with it.

“We have this commitment, we are in a big institution where we have to work and try to aim for Cruz Azul to reach the highest possible level,” Aguilar said.

Aguilar has no doubt that every championship and tournament is important, and that every footballer always thinks about achieving nothing less than absolute glory.

“The idea, the dream, is to win this cup,” Aguilar stated. “Any footballer who plays any final wants to win it. It’s important, a title is a title.”

While every footballer is certainly thinking about reaching the top, external factors can sometimes cause problems along the way. Recently at Cruz Azul there have been changes at both the sporting executive management and coaching staff levels - factors that can be a distraction for anyone. But apparently not for the Guaraní defender.

“We don’t get involved in off-the-field matters,” Aguilar said. “The team hasn’t involved itself in that. We only think about what we have to do, which is playing football.”

The Paraguayan was in the team’s starting XI in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of League Cup, and was a mainstay under recently-departed head coach Pedro Caixinha. With Robert Dante Siboldi now at the helm, it looks like it’ll stay that way, as the Uruguayan manager started him in Friday's scoreless draw at Veracruz in Liga MX.