After having one of their worst starts in Liga MX at least since the short tournaments were established back in 1996 thanks to the six points that Club América earned in nine rounds, things for Las Águilas have started to return to the right track.
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Since the departure of Santiago Solari after eight rounds, who left Las Águilas at the bottom of the table, Club América has returned to the top side of the standings and with one more game to be played in the regular season, they still have chances of accessing directly to Liguilla.
Fernando "Tano" Ortíz has changed the face of Club América since he took over the team to replace Solari, as they have won six straight games and are the team with the best streak going into Liguilla, although they still have to face Cruz Azul.
"El Tano" has found a way of making the team play together, something that Solari couldn't do in Clausura 2022, especially since he structures the games based in the players strengths, but not even the outstanding performances that Club América have had has ensured his stay in Las Águilas's dugout for next season.
Santiago Baños conditions to keep Ortíz as Las Águilas coach
Although Emilio Azcárraga is thrilled with the performance of Club América, Santiago Baños hasn't yet decided if Fernando Ortíz will remain as Las Águilas coach for Apertura 2022, as he's still looking for other options.
According to reports from sports journalist Miguel Arizpe, the only way that Fernando Ortíz will ensure his presence in Las Águilas's dugout will be if he manages to surpass what Santiago Solari did during his first season coaching Club América.
That means that if he wants to remain coaching the first team of Club América for Apertura 2022, Las Águilas will have to reach at least the semifinals in Liguilla, given that the most that Solari achieved was to reach quarterfinals.
Will he fulfill Baños's request?
It’s yet to be seen how far Club América can keep going with their current streak, but after the 2-0 victory over Tigres in Estadio Universitario, “Tano” Ortíz proved that they’re one of the strongest teams that will play Liguilla, increasing their possibilities of playing the semifinals.