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La Jornada: America does not win by luck, but by work: Pedro Aquino

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La Jornada newspaper
Saturday, February 20, 2021, p. a10

Pedro Aquino, a player for América, assured that his team is in second place in the general classification of the Guardianes 2021 tournament because of work and not luck.

Despite marching as sub-leader of the competition, the azulcrema team has received various negative comments due to its performance, which, according to the Peruvian midfielder, is due to the fact that the squad is still adapting to the style of play of its new coach, the Argentine Santiago Solari.

Luck does not exist for me, (the position in the table) is based on work, I know that we are getting to know each other, we have a coaching staff and new players and we are growing. I do not think that the games are won by chance, there is a team effort and I think we will improve game by game, he said yesterday in a virtual conference.

Lots of internal competition

The also member of the Peruvian team came to the Eagles as a reinforcement for this season, after having been champion with the Lion in the 2020 Guardians, and he said he was satisfied with the internal competition that exists between him and his teammates Richard Sánchez and Santiago Naveda .

“You have to prepare and be attentive to face what Solari asks for. I know that Naveda is doing the job in the best way, with a good level, and the competition is healthy, I think that any of the three can play, the most important thing is that the team continues to add.

I try to play calmly, I don’t have to prove anything to anyone; if I am in America it is for work and effort, he commented.

Solidarity with Félix Torres

On the other hand, the Peruvian sympathized with Félix Torres, Santos Laguna player, who suffered racist insults in last Thursday’s match against Atlético de San Luis.

Just as he said, I am also happy with my skin tone, I feel very happy to have been born of this color, and I believe that the (Mexican Soccer) Federation should take action on this matter, he said.

America will visit Atlas today, in a duel corresponding to matchday seven of the 2021 Guardians tournament.