Shanahan confesses that he fell in love with the Azteca because of the support for his 49ers

Mexico, 22 Nov. Kyle Shanahan, coach of the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers, confessed that he fell in love with Estadio Azteca because of the support his team received from the majority of the 78,427 who packed it.

“It was better than we expected; I didn’t know exactly how it was going to be, but when I saw people bullying the opposing team and cheering us on, I thought: ‘This is going to be something very special,'” the coach said after the win. 49ers 38-10 over Cardinals.

The victory in the game that closed week 11 of the 2022 NFL season required a great adaptation due to the height of 2,400 meters above sea level at which Mexico City is located, Shanahan explained.

“The most difficult thing was the altitude, it was complicated since we came to the stadium and in the first quarter, but after that we were able to connect and we made our offense work,” he explained.

In preparation to acclimatize to the height of the Mexican capital, the 49ers worked four days in Colorado Springs, south of Denver, which is 1,839 meters.

The Minneapolis, Minnesota native coach also highlighted the performance of his quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who connected on four touchdown passes.

“When Jimmy is healthy he takes our guys to a very high level, I think that’s what happened on the field today, not to mention what McCaffrey, Samuel, Kittle bring to us, we have a very resourceful offense.”

Regarding the Cardinals, the coach acknowledged that he is a rival that has always been difficult for them.

“It’s a very tough team, today we were aggressive with the variety of plays on the ground and through the air, but in addition to how we attacked, our defense performed very well.”

With this result, San Francisco climbed to the leadership of the West division of the National Conference with six wins and four losses.

Shanahan has led the 49ers since the 2017 season, he has qualified them to the postseason twice; in 2019 he took them to Super Bowl LIV that they lost to the Kansas City Chiefs, last year they fell in the NFC final against the Los Angeles Rams.

In week 12 of the 2022 NFL season, the San Francisco 49ers will host the New Orleans Saints next Sunday.EFE



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