CEBU Queen City United (CQCU) will face defending champion Stallion FC today for the lead in Group C of the UFL Cup at the Emperador Stadium.
“We have to play consistently. The players who didn’t perform hopefully will have to perform. We must first play our own game but we will make adjustments depending on how they (Stallion FC) play also,” CQCU coach Mario Ceniza told Sun.Star Cebu.
After a hot start in this year’s UFL Cup, CQCU settled to a 2-2 draw with Bright Star FC last Wednesday night. The Cebuanos crushed Philippine Air Force 3-0 in their debut match after a long hiatus from the UFL, the biggest football league in the country.
Two years ago, CQCU dropped a humiliating 8-0 loss to Stallion FC in the UFL. However, Ceniza believes that it would be different this year because both sides have different rosters since their last meeting.
Ceniza thinks that Stallion FC has a great offense and that his defenders should make a few adjustments in this match. He believes that the key to victory is if CQCU can control the midfield.
“We are going to match them toe-to-toe. They have good players in the midfield, we also have good players in the midfield. We must contain their offense and control possession of the ball and play our game. Our strength is our midfield,” he said.
CQCU will retain the top spot of Group C with a win or a draw. However, if Stallion FC wins, it will take the top spot.
CQCU holds the No. 1 spot of Group C with four points , followed by Stallion FC at second place with three points. Bright Star FC is third with two points, Agila FC at fourth with a point and PAF at the last spot with no points.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 20, 2013.