Looking for a A to Z of a Liga MX final? Look no further! ESPN FC breaks it all down forward of Thursday’s final initial leg between Tigres and Club America during Estadio Azteca (10 p.m. ET).
Tigres (LDWWW): Tigres had been building movement unequivocally easily during a playoffs with a statement-making 5-0 win in a quarterfinal second leg opposite Pumas and dual clinical victories opposite Leon.
America (DWWLD): A 2-0 detriment opposite Real Madrid in a FIFA Club World Cup final Thursday was only about excusable for America, as was a pull opposite Atletico Nacional (even yet Las Aguilas went on to remove 4-3 on penalties). Before that, a group had left 16 matches though losing given Ricardo La Volpe took assign on Sept. 22.
Tigres’ 2016 Apertura season
Standard. You know what we get with Tigres, mostly since a patrol is built with talent and Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti has been given a singular oppulance in Mexico of carrying time to exercise and afterwards rise a character of play. Tigres finished third in a unchanging season, though were flattering many already competent for a Liguilla from a median point.
America’s 2016 Apertura season
It’s been a uncanny centennial deteriorate for Club America. There was so many debate surrounding a group when Ignacio “Nacho” Ambriz was in assign during a start of a tournament. The personification character wasn’t adult to a high customary of a club, and when a 3-0 home detriment to opposition Chivas was followed by another improved to Leon a few weeks later, a essay was on a wall for Ambriz. La Volpe came in, laid down his 5-3-2 complement and helped America to a fifth-place finish, nonetheless it contingency be forked out that Las Aguilas were in seventh when Ambriz was given his marching orders.
Teams’ efforts in a Liguilla
Tigres have been a best side in a Apertura playoffs and strolled past Pumas and Leon to strech a final. French striker Andre-Pierre Gignac had finished his goal-scoring unemployment and was attack form before a mangle — apparently due to his brushes with hypnotherapy — and certainty was flowing. However, there has to be a genuine doubt symbol over only how many a enforced mangle of 19 days while America competed during a Club World Cup will impact a team’s sharpness.
Over during America, a Liguilla debate has been efficient. Las Aguilas dispatched Chivas in a quarterfinal in a close-fought event and were afterwards means to remove an in-form Necaxa with a useful diversion devise in a semifinal second leg. America has simply found ways to get formula underneath La Volpe. The outing behind from Japan won’t be easy to understanding with, though during slightest America has been personification rival matches.
Importance of Liga MX title
America’s centennial deteriorate will expected be judged on this final, and when we discuss Club America we are articulate about arguably North America’s biggest and many renouned institution. The fans direct pretension No. 13 to take Las Aguilas dual over Chivas’ count of 11. America is also a many hated group in Mexico, so this unequivocally is a win-or-bust final for Las Aguilas.
For Tigres, a new investment in a personification staff during a bar was finished in an bid to move titles to a northern Mexico institution. Four championship wins for Tigres pales in comparison to Club America’s 12, though a bar wants to turn one of a large hitters in Mexico for years to come and needs victories in critical finals opposite a likes of Las Aguilas if it is to grasp that feat.
Head-to-head records this season
Tigres degraded America 3-0 in a regular-season compare behind in Jul during Estadio Azteca. Javier Aquino, Gignac and Ismael Sosa got a goals for Tigres, nonetheless a final dual were scored after Renato Ibarra had been sent off for America. The final is doubtful to be such a blowout. These teams are arguably a best that Liga MX has to offer in terms of coherence and peculiarity over a past few years.
For Tigres, it’s a purify check of health, with a difference of right-back Israel Jimenez, while Paul Aguilar is on a long-term damage list for Las Aguilas.
Tigres manager Ferretti has a strongest and deepest patrol in Liga MX, though La Volpe’s Club America arguably has a improved subs.
It is expected Argentine Lucas Zelarayan will come off a dais for Tigres, who also have French striker Andy Delort and Damien Alvarez as aggressive options in reserve. But America’s Ecuadorian general Michael Arroyo epitomizes a “super sub” tag and performs a purpose with excellence, derisive defenses and lifting his America teammates and a fans.
What can we contend about La Volpe and Ferretti? They are dual of a many colorful characters in a Mexican game. Experienced, machiavellian and disposed to fits of anger, a foe between a twin should make for fascinating observation over a dual legs of a final.
Ferretti will set his case out as he always does: Tigres will try to browbeat possession and thereby control a game. The tactical doubt unresolved over a diversion is only what La Volpe will do. There has been a genuine useful strain in La Volpe’s America group this season, and all points to a final being a tight, tactical affair.
X cause players
For Tigres, it is all about Gignac. The France general competence not be a captain, though he leads a group and inspires those around him. Gignac binds a layer of Liga MX’s best actor and will wish to uncover because in a final.
At America, Oribe Peralta is a big-game actor and scores critical goals during essential times. We saw that in a quarterfinal opposite Chivas, a London 2012 Olympic final and on many other occasions over a past few years. Just either La Volpe continues to play Peralta in midfield stays to be seen, nonetheless with so many on a line, it seems a rubbish to play such a good finisher so distant divided from a goal.
Tom Marshall covers Liga MX and a Mexican inhabitant group for ESPN FC. Twitter: @MexicoWorldCup.