Only hours remain until the start of the quarterfinals for Cruz Azul, who will face one of the tournament's favorites. With André Pierre Gignac and 'Diente' López in attack, Tigres UANL is one of the toughest opponents in this phase of the Clausura 2022.
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However, the boost to the Cementeros' morale that came from the reclassification will be a point in La Máquina's favor for this match at the start of the Liguilla.
The fact is that both teams have different realities in the area of 'doing damage', in other words, the attack. Miguel Herrera has artillery that has little to envy from any of Europe's 'giants', while Juan Reynoso is looking for a striker who can carry the offensive weight of the Celestes.
As a result, one of Cruz Azul's greatest needs for the upcoming tournament is the signing of a striker. Juan Ignacio Dinenno, from Pumas UNAM -a team that has been eliminated-, is one of the favorite names to arrive, not only by the fans but also by the directors of the team from the Capital.
The interest in the Argentine striker has been going on for several tournaments, but nowadays there is a better chance than in the past. The ‘Universitarios’ have already said goodbye to three players after losing to Chivas in the playoffs. Sebastián Saucedo, Washington Corozo and José Rogério will not remain in Andrés Lillini's squad for the Apertura 2022.
Giménez would be the sacrificed striker
If Dinneno arrives at the Cementeros, the striker who would leave the club would be the son of Cruz Azul legend, Chaco Giménez. That's right, Santiago Giménez would leave the institution after he has had little participation in the Clausura 2022 under the orders of Juan Reynoso, who has preferred to use players such as Christian Tabó, Ángel Romero, Iván Morales, and, at the time, Brayan Angulo.
The departure of Giménez would be a blow to the fans, however, if Dinneno arrives, perhaps the fans will not see it as bad, although they would certainly prefer the departure of Iván Morales, a Chilean player who has not performed as well as expected.