Cruz Azul ended their participation in Clausura 2022 in quarterfinals, as they couldn’t defeat Tigres, who earned the ticket to semifinals thanks to their position on the table. With the elimination, it also came the end of Juan Reynoso as La Máquina’s coach.
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Even if Juan Reynoso helped them win a new Liga MX title after 23 years of drought, the irregularities showed during Apertura 2021 and Clausura 2022 weren’t tolerated by the Board of La Máquina, who decided to part ways with him on Wednesday, according to reports from ESPN.
Cruz Azul had built a roster to compete for both Liga MX and CONCACAF Champions League, something that Jaime Ordiales knew and demanded a title in the first semester of the year if Reynoso wanted to continue in Cruz Azul, although that didn’t happen.
And now that La Máquina is looking for someone to replace him, reports from ESPN suggest that Hugo Sánchez is close to becoming the new coach of Los Cementeros, as Ordiales wants him in Cruz Azul’s dugout since before Juan Reynoso took over the team.
Sánchez wants a Chivas player as his first addition
Even if Hugo Sánchez hasn’t coached since 2012, when he was in charge of CF Pachuca for less than a year, he has been closely following Cruz Azul since they first showed interest in him, prior Clausura 2021, which is why he knows what La Máquina needs.
On of the priorities at his arrival will be add a new striker, as the lack of a consistent forward hurt Cruz Azul throughout Clausura 2022, and his first option is Chivas’s striker José Juan Macías, player that hasn’t found the regularity needed in El Rebaño.
Sánchez has been one of thestrongest supporters of the Mexican striker, especially when he moved to Europe to play in La Liga, although he couldn’t succeed with Getafe FC and had to return to Mexico after the Geta Azulones rescinded his contract before the loan ended.
How much will Cruz Azul have to pay for him?
According to Transfermarkt, before the 21-year-old Mexican forward embarked on his adventure in Europe, his market value was set at $10.6 million, but given the few playing minutes he had, it decreased to $7.4, which is what Cruz Azul will have to pay if they want to acquire him.