Luis Fuentes joined América in the 2019/20 season from Tijuana. The signing did not go down well with América's fans, because the player, before playing for Tijuana, did it for Pumas UNAM, one of America's most hated rivals. However, as time went by, the player showed good performances to gain the confidence of the Águilas' fans and, above all, under the orders of Fernando Ortiz.
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Although América is fully focused on the second leg against Puebla in the quarterfinals of the Clausura 2022, it has also resolved contractual issues and one of them was that of Luis Fuentes, who automatically extended his contract with the club for having fulfilled the required minutes and said he was flattered to be able to continue with the club.
"Of the renewal, I am very flattered. So far I have not discussed the issue with Santiago (Baños) or anyone else. If that is the case, I am more than happy, I am proud to represent this shield and I will do my best to repay that trust, demonstrating day by day as I have done until today," he confessed.
"We have to be very intelligent and the way we are approaching it, we have to approach it seriously. It will be a strong, close match, we must not go crazy. We must maintain the essence of the club, but be aware that we have a certain advantage; it doesn't mean that we are going to skimp, be intelligent and use everything we need to our advantage. In previous Liguillas we failed to be more intelligent, but we are all going to die on the line to give joy to the fans who support us at all times," he said.
América has forgotten past eliminations
Regarding the lessons learned in the previous series in which they were eliminated, Fuentes stated that both those duels and the crisis they suffered in the first half of the regular phase are now behind them. For him, the Liguilla is a new and different tournament in which they have to show their best version to overcome their opponents.
"To my way of seeing things, that's behind us, we come from a very complicated situation and it's also behind us. This is a different tournament and it is up to us to reverse the situations that have been. We are focused on the match, I am talking about the commitment, the positive attitude of wanting to win the match, to be convincing, and to show the quality of the team. There is a very strong opponent and we will spare no effort to be victorious tomorrow", he concluded.