Santiago Solari delighted with efforts of América's fringe inclusions

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Seamus Leonard

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Santiago Solari heralded the team ethic América have created after they maintained their unbeaten start to the Apertura against Mazatlán on Saturday.

América 2
Mazatlán 0
Full time

The Azulcrema made some changes for their first game after the international break, but fringe players like Federico Viñas and Nicolás Benedetti came in and made a very positive impression.

“The team wins it. We were waiting for Fede. He played against Chivas in the friendly match (in Dallas last weekend) and Nico also,” América boss Solari said after the victory at the Estadio Azteca.

“He had stumbled a bit, he worked a lot, he missed the goal, but he was close. Nico, we are very happy with him. I have done a great job, I am glad to see him with rhythm, happy and competing.

“I do not like to dwell on specific names because the work has been done well by all, with intensity, they joined in and joined the group, they got on good.”

With six wins and two draws from their opening eight games, América currently enjoy a five-point advantage over nearest challengers León.