Pachuca looking to settle in at Club World Cup

Pachuca players (pictured) train for the FIFA Club World Cup on December 5, 2017, in the United Arab Emirates. (Photo: Mexsport)

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – After a long journey from Mexico to the United Arab Emirates for the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup (FCWC), Pachuca hopes to adapt quickly to its new surroundings.

The 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League champion trained for the first time Tuesday ahead of its quarterfinal against Wydad Athletic Club on December 9 at Zayed Sports City Stadium.

“The trip was tiring,” said 18-year-old midfielder Erick Sanchez, who played in three 2017 Liga MX Apertura games, all starts. “We have to acclimate ourselves quickly and work hard so we go into the matches strong. There is time to adapt ourselves. This is a united team and we have a lot of confidence.”

This will be the Tuzos’ fourth FCWC appearance, with its best finish – fourth place -- coming nine years ago. Sanchez is eager to outdo that placement.

“We have come to a very important tournament and we know that we have to do a good job,” he finished. “We hope that everything goes well and that we keep trying and leave everything out on the field.”

Pachuca’s lone win in six all-time FCWC games came on December 13, 2008, a 4-2 triumph after extra time against Egypt’s Al Ahly. Christian Gimenez (73’, 110’) scored two goals, while Luis Montes (47’) and Damian Alvarez (98’) added one each.


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