Santiago Solari left Club América after eight rounds of Clausura 2022, where Las Águilas only managed to earn six points as a result of one victory and three draws that left them at the bottom of the table on the worst start for them since the 1957-58 season.
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But since he left and Fernando “Tano” Ortíz took over the team, Las Águilas are playing like a completely different team, as in the six games that “El Tano” has been in Club América’s dugout, they’ve won four straight games, tied another one and lost the last one.
Part of the success has to do with the fact that Ortíz knew how to establish a good relationship with the players from the start, something that Solari couldn’t do, as the players have said that he was cold and distant, something that made difficult the trusting process.
“El Tano” also changed the scheme in which Las Águilas used to play with Solari, as “El Indiecito” was stuck with a 4-3-3, while Ortíz changes the scheme depending on the team they’ll face and the players he’s going to start, potentiating their strengths.
Theres another reason for their good streak
After the players and the management of Club América realized that they were able to save the season and even fight to earn a spot in Repechaje, Emilio Azcárraga and Santiago Baños decided to motivate the players by promising an economic boost.
According to reports from sports journalist Jonathan Peña, if Las Águilas make it to Liguilla, Club América will award them a bonusjust like they did in the past season, when the Azulcremas finished the season as Liga MX leaders.
For now, Club América are standing eight after the good streak they’ve had in the last five games, where they’ve earned 13 out of the 15 points available. Las Águilas currently have 19 points with three games left of the regular season.
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If Las Águilas don’t slow down and finish the season with the same intensity, they could even end up sneaking as one of the top four teams, as they are just three points away from Monterrey, who are standing fourth, although that will only happen if América wins their remainder games and Monterrey, Cruz Azul, Atlas, and Pumas don’t manage to do the same.