There is no time for more doubts. Cruz Azul confirmed its call-up of 20 players to face Tigres UANL this afternoon in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Clausura 2022 Liga MX Tournament at the Estadio Azteca, in an attempt to take advantage of the match.
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Juan Reynoso selected the 20 players he will have at his disposal this Thursday to begin the road to the tenth star, after an arduous week of work after overcoming Necaxa in the playoffs last Saturday and securing their place in the Mexican soccer's Fiesta Grande.
Who will be absent against Tigres?
Thus, Cruz Azul has confirmed four absentees for the match against Tigres: unfortunately, central defender Pablo Aguilar is still not ready for this match due to injury, as is Charly Rodríguez, while the two absentees are due to tactical decisions, as in recent matches, are Rómulo Otero and Luis Ángel Quick Mendoza, both of whom are already set to leave the club next summer.
Reynoso does not want Otero
The cause of this exclusion would have its origin in a disagreement with Juan Reynoso. According to information published by the newspaper El Universal Deportes, Otero and Reynoso had a strong impasse in which they almost came to blows.
This altercation caused the player to no longer be in the coach's plans since a player whose qualities on the field are evident is being ignored as much as Romulo Otero is being ignored at Cruz Azul. The Venezuelan midfielder is the player with the least minutes of the Cementero squad in this Clausura 2022.
Where did Otero come from?
Before joining Cruz Azul, Otero played for Caracas FC, Huachipato of Chile, Atlético Mineiro, Al Wahda and Corinthians of Brazil, where he scored four goals and provided two assists in 41 matches.
Romulo is called 'Scorpion' due to the fold in the offensive part in addition to the way he stands out with his medium and long-distance shots, which they attribute to characteristics of that animal by releasing venom naturally from any position.