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Chivas boss says Toronto FC has 'all our respect' ahead of CCL final

Chivas boss says Toronto FC has 'all our respect' ahead of CCL final
From ESPN - April 16, 2018

TORONTO - Chivas manager Matias Almeyda said Toronto FC, his team's opponent in the final of the CONCACAF Champions League, has "all our respect" heading into Tuesday's first leg.

Toronto have already dispatched Liga MX sides U.A.N.L. Tigres and Club America, and the Reds will attempt to secure a decisive advantage in Tuesday's match at BMO Field. Chivas meanwhile will be trying to keep TFC within touching distances, and take a manageable result back to the Estadio Akron in Guadalajara.

"I think the two best teams have gotten into the final," said Almeyda with the help of a translator. "They have a style, a marked style, and one of the formulas they have is how they go back and close spaces.

"They are confident in the people they have, a very dynamic team, very complete team that plays very well with a [clear] identity, which is not that easy to have in a team. So they have all our respect."

Given the inclement weather -- complete with snow and rain -- that has plagued the Toronto area in the past few days, Almeyda was asked if he was worried given his side's unfamiliarity with such conditions.

"It's up to us to adapt when you are not used to this weather," said Almeyda. "We in Guadalajara have the perfect weather. You can feel the cold, but we know that our players have warm blood, so I am not worried.

"The weather, even if they are more used to it more than us, the game is 11 against 11, it's a final, and there's no justification that will modify the way we play."

Both sides find themselves two games away from making a trip to the FIFA Club World Cup, but Almeyda insists his side's focus is on the present.

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