Monterrey captain Luis Perez knows anything can happen at the Club World Cup and is hoping his team can create some surprises, starting with Sunday's quarterfinal against Japanese side Kashiwa Reysol.
Perez played in the 2000 Club World Cup in Brazil when his Necaxa team pulled off an upset by beating Real Madrid in a penalty shootout to win the third-place playoff.
A win against Kashiwa on Sunday would see Mexico's Monterrey face South American champions Santos in the semifinals, but Perez refuses to look beyond his team's quarterfinal against the J-League champions.
''Before we fight against Santos we need to focus on Kashiwa,'' Perez said. ''Our team is very good at controlling the ball and we have a very good defense so we have to use this to our advantage against Reysol.''
Kashiwa, coached by Brazilian and former Santos player Nelsinho, beat Oceania representatives Auckland City 2-0 on Thursday to reach the final eight.
''Kashiwa is a very strong team so it will be a match...