May 06, 2009

Robert Dante Siboldi was introduced as Cruz Azul manager on Tuesday and immediately set forth his expectations for his new team.

Siboldi, who took over for the deposed Benjamin Galindo, will have a short amount of time in which to try and help pull out some important results. How the team approaches its remaining two games will be just as important as how it plays the games.

"The most important thing will be to try and motivate this team because in that aspect the players are down," Sibold said. "The boys need to come out ahead and play with a lot of pride and professionalism and try to finish the season as best as possible."

Cruz Azul has a dubious goal left in the league, and that's to try and avoid a last-place finish, which would be the first time in the 45-year history of the Primera Division in which la Maquina would bring up the rear in the overall league table.

Afterward, Siboldi and his new team will try and conquer the confederation crown.

"I am ready for these upcoming challenges; Saturday at Jaguares and the [CONCACAF Champions League] final against Atlante," Siboldi said. "We'll have to rely on everything we've done over the last four years, as well as the previous work done by the manager since we do not have time to make major changes."

Siboldi will not only take on the task of managing the Primera Division squad but will lead Cruz Azul Hidalgo in the Primera A Liguilla.

It's something he said he's ready to do.

"I am prepared for this responsibility," he said, "and I'd like to thank Mr. Guillermo [Alvarez] for his confidence in me."

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