The clash between Tigres and Club América on round 16 of Clausura 2022 promises to be one of the best games of the season, as both Los Universitarios and Las Águilas have become the top contenders to win Liga MX title, alongside CF Pachuca.
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Tigres will arrive as second in Clausura 2022 with their direct ticket to Liguilla ensured, although in recent weeks the results haven’t been on their side, as they’ve lost two of their last five games played, including the2-0 defeat on their visit to Necaxa during the week.
On the other hand, Las Águilas are the team with the best active streak, as they haven’t lost a single game for six straight rounds, as they saved a draw against Chivas on the Clásico Nacional and after that they have five victories in line.
Miguel Herrera, who has been involved in several scandals outside the pitches in the current season, knows that the game of Saturday night will be a playoff game, and given that this will be the first game where he faces his former team in Estadio Universitario, he knows a new defeat will earn him the enmity of the stands.
What does Herrera is planning to do?
Tigres were surprised on their visit to Club Necaxa, who on the last part of the regular season are getting on a good streak that will help them be a strong rival in the playoffs, especially since they won back-to-back games against the second and third standing of the league.
That’s why Miguel Herrera and Los Felinos, according to the report of sports journalist Vladimir García, will start the game with five defenders on the back, a scheme that Herrera is not used to use, but given the threatening offense that Las Águilas have, they will take a more defensive stand.
The main problem that “El Piojo” will face for the game against the Azulcremas is the lack of chemistry that exists in the team with such a defensive formation, especially since Juan José Sánchez Purata, who will be the third center back, hasn’t played much in Clausura 2022.
What’s América’s strategy?
Fernando “Tano” Ortíz has found in Alejandro Zendejas and Roger Martínez the perfect wingers, as they are hard to mark, and thanks to the presence of Diego Valdés and Federico Viñas on the box, they often have open space to try the rival goalkeeper, something that has benefited Zendejas, as he’s scored four goals in the past five games and earned him a call up to Mexico National Team.