Given the poor results that Cruz Azul have achieved in recent weeks, as they were eliminated from the CONCACAF Champions League by Pumas in semifinals with a 2-1 aggregate that Los Universitarios gained during the first leg.
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If that wasn’t enough, La Máquina have lost their strength in Liga MX, as they have won just two of their five last games in Clausura 2022, including the 1-0 victory over Club Querétaro on Thursday night thanks to a goal scored by Pablo Aguilar.
So far, Los Cementeros are standing four after 15 rounds of Clausura 2022, and with only two games left on the regular season, they haven’t secured direct passage to Liguilla, as they are just one point above Monterrey and Atlas, and two over Club América, one of the strongest teams in the second half of the season.
Cruz Azul built a roster made to fight for the two tournaments and given the enmity that exists between Juan Reynoso and Jaime Ordiales, Cruz Azul’s sporting director, the Peruvian coach could be living his last games as La Máquina coach, as Ordiales is already looking to replace him.
Hugo Sánchez, on the mix to replace Reynoso
When Ordiales arrived at Cruz Azul for a second stint, he demanded that La Máquina win at least one trophy during Clausura 2022 to keep Reynoso on their dugout, something that looks difficult now that they only remain alive in Liga MX.
The poor performances that La Máquina have had recently has made Ordiales look for potential replacements for Juan Reynoso, as he knows that there’s few possibilities for him to remain as Cruz Azul coach. A few names have been linked to Los Cementeros, the most recent: Hugo Sánchez.
Even if Sánchez hasn’t coached since 2012, when he was in Club Pachuca for a season, given the success he had as a player and during his stint with Pumas, he’s one of the names linked to the top teams of Liga MX, although he’s looking for a salary increase if he were to leave his current job as a TV analyst.
How much can Sánchez win in Cruz Azul?
“Hugol” is currently earning $25,000 per month in ESPN, which is why he will accept arriving at Cruz Azul for $1 million per season, a huge increase from his current paycheck, something that La Máquina are willing to pay him, as it would be less than what they’re paying Reynoso, who earns $1.5 million per season.