Cruz Azul couldn’t transcend in Clausura 2022 given the irregular results that they had throughout the regular season. After starting with only one defeat in the first six games of the season, they only managed to win one of the last 10 games that they played.
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Although they recovered the level that they had at the start of the season on the games against Club América, Club Necaxa and Tigres -from Week 17 to the quarterfinals of Liguilla-, the position on the table is what condemn them on the 1-1 aggregate against Tigres.
As if that wasn’t enough, the elimination in the semifinals of CONCACAF Champions League against Pumas was something that Jaime Ordiales, sporting director of Cruz Azul, and the board, couldn’t tolerate and decided to part ways with Juan Reynoso.
In his place, according to reports from sports journalist Jorge Ramos from ESPN and César Luís Merlo, La Máquina will sign Diego Aguirre as their next coach, who will arrive at Cruz Azul with the objective of winning the 10th Liga MX title.
Aguirre already have his first addition for Cruz Azul
Diego Aguirre is one of the best coaches in South America for the past couple of decades, as the efficacy of his teams has always been over 40%, with a total of 56.9% overall during the 20 years he’s coached, including an 87.09% with Peñarol back in 2010.
Aguirre parted ways with Brazilian side SC Internacional at the end of 2021, where he coached Argentine center back Victor Cuesta, who according to several reports will be the first addition for Cruz Azul for Apertura 2022.
Cuesta currently plays for Botafogo in Brazil, team that he joined on a one-season loan out of Internacional, although Inter could be interested in selling the 33-year-old defender if a good offer arrives at Estadio Beira-Rio.
Victor Cuesta’s market value
Diego Aguirre knows that even if a striker is the priority for Cruz Azul, they also need to renew the defense, as Pablo Aguilar and Julio César Domínguez are on the last part of their career, and Luis Abram is on loan from Granada FC, which is why the addition of Cuesta makes sense, although Cruz Azul will first have to pay $3 million for his economic rights.