Edson Álvarez and Erick Gutiérrez were fighting for the Eredivisie title each with their respective teams. Machin did it with Ajax and the former Pachuca player did it with PSV. This Wednesday was the 33rd round of the Dutch league and Ajax had the advantage of 4 points over Ajax, so if they won, they would be crowned champions, even if PSV won their match as well.
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And so it was, Erik Ten-hag's team thrashed Heerenveen 5-0 to leave Schmidt's PSV, who also won their match 3-2, without a chance, but that was no longer enough to fight for the league title for the next matchday.
Once again, Edson shows why he is also preferred in the National Team by Tata Martino and despite the fact that both players had great seasons with their teams and even scored in today's matches each, Machín has been more consistent and as a defensive midfielder has proven to be more complete than Erick Gutiérrez, who throughout his career with PSV, in his third year, this is the first season that he has established himself as a starter in the team that also featured Andrés Guardado, Maza Rodríguez, Carlos Salcido, Hector Moreno, and Chucky Lozano.
Former America player adds another title in Dutch soccer
Mexico's Edson Álvarez was crowned Eredivisie champion with Ajax, winning his fourth Dutch title and his second in the local league.
The 'Machin' was a key player for the Amsterdam team to achieve its third consecutive championship and thus conquer its second Eredivisie, this honor was added to the league they won in 2020-21, the KNVB Beker (Dutch Cup) in 2020-21 and the Dutch Super Cup in 2019-20.
The Mexican midfielder arrived in the 2019-20 campaign and after getting off on the right foot for the first two months, he struggled to earn a place in the team from the Dutch capital and was even relegated to the bench.
It was in his second year, in the 2020-21 campaign when he took his best form and became an undisputed starter in the Eredivisie, appearing in 24 games, 18 of which he started and even scored two goals.
Already in this third year, Edson Álvarez was a pillar for Erik ten Hag and played in 30 league matches, in 27 which he was a starter. In that number of games, he contributed four goals, which is the best scoring quota since he arrived in Europe and the second-best of his career, as he scored three goals with América in 2018-19.