Robert Dante Siboldi mentioned in his pre-game press conference ahead of the 2019 Leagues Cup 2019 final that it was his duty “to finish the job.”
Wednesday night he did just that as Cruz Azul topped Tigres UANL 2-1 to crowned themselves first-ever champions of the binational tournament. La Maquina’s coach was clearly happy, not only because of what they achieved, but how they did it.
“I’m very happy because the team played with heart; we showed a lot of personality and character,” Siboldi said. “We played looking for a goal from the early minutes of the match. We had chances in the first 10 minutes, three options to score.”
The Uruguayan-born coach further praised his players for their performance against a quality opponent that's managed by none other than Ricardo ‘Tuca’ Ferretti - a colleague he openly admires.
“We had a great opponent in front of us, it wasn’t just anyone,” Siboldi said. “They’ve playing together as a team for a while, they are Liga MX’s current champion. And they are led by a great coach, who I admire a lot.”
Robert Dante also gave credit where it’s due by pointing out the work of his predecessor that enabled Cruz Azul to take home the Leagues Cup trophy.
“I’m very happy with the part that I played, because let’s not forget that I was able to experience this final, but there was a great work done by the technical staff that came before me, led by Pedro Caixinha and his staff, as well as Ricardo Pelaez’s job along with the team’s directors,” Siboldi said. “They've assembled a great team, which I now have to give continuity to and keep winning titles.
“It was me that was in this last stage and enjoying it. We must thank the people that came before us.”
Regarding the innovative tournament, in which Siboldi has now ingrained his name with golden letters, the Uruguayan believes it has a promising future and that it can also serve as a powerful bond between Mexico and the United States.
“I believe it’s a tournament that people will talk about in the future,” he said. “This tournament can be very important as a brotherly bond between the United Stated and Mexico, and for the people who live here, give them a satisfaction, and bring them a spectacle that they can enjoy and have fun at.”
Finally, he had a message for the Cruz Azul supporters: “This is your moment to enjoy this game, this championship.”