Chivas and Pumas, the greats who die before the league

A Chivas He has one hope left: to look for the playoffs and if he succeeds, it would be the third in a row. In this phase they have a balance of one victory (against Necaxa in Guardians 2020) and one defeat (against Pachuca in Guardians 2021). The Guadalajara team has only reached the quarterfinals once in the last seven tournaments.

His current performance is a reflection of the fact that his highest position was eighth and he only had it during matchday 14. With the 2-1 fall to Tigers in the volcano, Chivas confirmed the irregularity and lost any mathematical chance of getting into the first four places. Will visit Mazatlan FC in the last day with the aim of staying in the playoffs, although it will come with the losses of Antonio Briseño and Carlos Cisneros due to accumulation of yellow cards, as well as Alexis Vega due to injury.

Another of the so-called “greats” that will have a week of alert is Pumas, who was three minutes away from stringing together their fourth consecutive victory over the weekend, but a penalty cost them the draw on their visit to Pachuca. The university students reached 18 points and remain within two of the repechage zone. Their advantage is that their last two games will be at home: Thursday against Santos (pending matchday 11) and Sunday against Cruz Azul.

“We have to make ourselves strong and correct these mistakes. The penalty is an error that cannot happen and in the end they ended up drawing us. I’m sure we’ll get into the playoffs. I have no doubt and beyond the disappointment at the end and sadness of the three points, which we had tied, the group got up and it is a very strong group ”, reflected the puma coach, Andrés Lillini, after the match against Pachuca. The Pumas have obtained 55% of their points in the last four rounds.

The revivals and the eliminated

In addition to Pumas, two teams have attracted attention for their awakening in recent days: Puebla and Necaxa. The Strip went from occupying the 14th position of the table on matchday 12 to entering the first eight on the penultimate date. Their momentum comes from four wins in their last six games, including visits to Juarez, Necaxa and Atlas.

Puebla He was a semifinalist in the last tournament under the management of coach Nicolás Larcamón, who is currently the second youngest in Liga MX at 37 years old. He started the championship with three points in his first six games and became the second to last, but in the absence of a final match at home against him Toluca, is securing his return to the postseason via playoffs.

For its part, Necaxa has gotten into the top 10 after being last in the table on matchday 3 and after having suffered beatings against Atlas, Queretaro and Santos, which led to the dismissal of coach Guillermo Vázquez. Now with Pablo Guede, the Rayos have a three-game unbeaten streak, including an outstanding away win over Monterrey, the reigning champions of the Concachampions.

“The truth is that my influence in the group is minimal. The time I have with the players is little, all the credit goes to them, they dared to take risks and that brings me closer to what I want. We cannot think any further, it is unreal because we moderately accommodate ourselves and it depends on us (the end of the tournament) ”, said Guede after the 2-1 victory against Mazatlán on date 16.

On the contrary, two teams have already said goodbye to any mathematical possibility to enter the playoffs: Xolos from Tijuana and Roosters of Querétaro. The Just They were the first eliminated since Matchday 15, when they lost 3-1 in their visit to Pumas, while the Gallos said goodbye this weekend after losing 2-3 at home to Santos Laguna.

The Closing 2019 was the last tournament in which Tijuana managed to qualify for a league (in eighth place, there was no playoff). Since then, his best position has been eleventh place and he will fight on date 17 not to be the keeper of the Apertura 2021 and leave that place to the Queretaro. The RoostersFor their part, they entered the playoffs last tournament and their last league was the Apertura 2019, when they finished fourth in the table with 27 points, a record for the franchise.

In the closing game of the Sunday day Monterrey did not maintain the momentum of his recent Concachampions coronation, drawing 1-1 against saint Louis, which was separated from the bottom of the table and installed FC Juárez in place 16. Now the Braves will try to close the tournament with dignity on the last date, only with the objective of adding units for the quotient table.

Between Wednesday 3 and Sunday 7 November, 12 matches will be played corresponding to the sum of the last day of the tournament Opening 2021 plus three slopes. The panorama in the fight for the title is closing more and more.

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