Guadalajara midfielder Omar Arellano believes the key to beating Internacional in the Copa Libertadores final is belief. Chivas face the most important tie in their history, with the first leg taking place in Mexico tomorrow.
It is the first time Guadalajara have reached the tournament's decider, and Arellano wants his colleagues to be focused. "The team is really involved, much more than in previous occasions," he stated.
"We are sure we have what it takes and we want the title. There is a nice environment. We can feel it. We know we have two finals and we must win it."
Arellano also wants payback from being knocked out the Copa Sudamericana two years ago, when Inter beat them 6-0 on aggregate. "In 2008, I only played one of the legs," he said.
"I missed the second because I joined the national team. Now, at home, we must be strong. We must score goals and make them feel the support of our fans."
Inter attackers relishing final
Internacional forward Alecsandro is anxiously looking forward to making his 100th appearance in the Colorado shirt, and helping his team win their second Copa Libertadores (the first since 2006).
"I'm happy for this," he said. "It is always very difficult to remain in a team as a stable member, especially in a big team."
Fellow striker Everton added: "This is a very important match and we'll do our best to clinch a positive result on Chivas's field."
Internacional have already booked a place at the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2010 as the CONMEBOL representative even if they lose, as Mexican teams are specially invited due to an agreement between South American football's governing body and the Mexican Football Federation.