“We wanted to showcase our technical ability but that wasn’t possible due to the weather conditions. We did our best to adapt to the circumstances. Sydney are a very strong team physically and they made life really difficult for us. My players showed character and turned the game around after going behind. Now we’re looking forward to facing Real Madrid, who are probably the best team in the world right now. Of course, they’re the favourites but there are always surprises in football.”
Luis Fernando Tena, Cruz Azul coach

“Congratulations to Cruz Azul. Obviously we’re very disappointed. The boys are devastated and frustrated. I’m proud of my team. We were the better side up until the sending off, and we wouldn’t have lost if we’d had the same number of players on the pitch. We controlled the game in extremely difficult conditions. We were just two minutes away from a match against Real Madrid and we showed we could do more than just compete with Cruz Azul. So I’m feeling a mixture of pride and disappointment. For us it’s a privilege to be at this tournament and now we want to go out on as high of a note as possible.”
Tony Popovic, Western Sydney Wanderers coach