Edgardo Bauza, the coach of San Lorenzo, has said he team will do all they can to beat Real Madrid in the Club World Cup final and take the trophy back to South America.
The Argentinean side was widely expected to beat New Zealanders Auckland City by a big margin in their semi final clash on Wednesday. In the end though, San Lorenzo sneaked through 2-1 thanks to an extra time winner from Mauro Matos.
The Latin Americans now take on the 10-time Champions League winners in the final which takes place on Saturday. And they will need to improve dramatically if they are to cause any problems for Real, who have won their last 21 matches in all competitions.
Speaking to reporters after the game, Bauza admitted his side had been sluggish against Auckland. But he vowed his players would improve and compete with Los Blancos for the title.
“We’re delighted we achieved our aim of reaching the final,” Bauza stated.
He continued: “It was a difficult match against a side that was very well-organised defensively. We didn’t play well in the first half; we were nervous and didn’t show enough determination. On top of that we gave the ball away too often. The game didn’t pan out as planned for us, which is why I made some changes. After that we were able to get into it better.”
And he added: “Now we’ll start preparing for the final and will do everything we can to win. We’ll try to play to the best of our ability and to meet expectations, even if we are going up against one of the best teams in the world with a lot of quality individuals.”