Cruz Azul will face Tigres in Estadio Azteca for the first leg of the quarterfinals of Clausura 2022 after they managed to beat Club Necaxa in Repechaje on a penalty shootout, where Sebastián Jurado was the hero for La Máquina as he stopped two penalty kicks.
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But given the poor results that Cruz Azul achieved during the second half of the season and the enmity that exists between Juan Reynoso and Jaime Ordiales, La Máquina’s sporting director, Cruz Azul will have a new coach for Apertura 2022.
Although La Máquina finished the regular season of Clausura 2022 with only one victory in the last five games they played, the playoffs of Mexican soccer always give a new opportunity for the teams to recover, giving the Peruvian coach a chance.
The only way in which Reynoso could remain in Los Cementeros’s dugout is if Cruz Azul manages to win their second Liga MX title during his stint, as they already won one on the first season that he coached, breaking a 23-year drought.
Ricardo Ferretti is the favorite to arrive at Cruz Azul
But if Cruz Azul don’t manage to become Liga MX champions again, Ordiales already has a replacement in line, as according to reports from W Deportes, Ricardo Ferretti is the top candidate to replace the Peruvian coach for next season.
After the failed experiment that his one-year stint in FC Juárez turned out to be, “Tuca” Ferretti is looking for a new challenge, as he wants to keep coaching, but also wants to clean his name, which is why he’s willing to arrive at Cruz Azul.
Although he knows that the current roster will need improvement if he wants to establish a similar system than the one that he had in Tigres, which is why he would look to add two players from his former club to strengthen the team.
Which players Ferretti is after?
Although Ricardo Ferretti doesn’t have a very attractive playing style, as he usually likes to prioritize the defense before a colorful play, controlling the midfield is something that helps his teams establish conditions on the pitch, which is why he would request the arrival of Javier Aquino and Jesús Dueñas.