Economic power does not weigh on the results of Clausura 2022

After losing 2-0 at home against Atlético de San Luis on Saturday, Javier Aguirre was dismissed from the technical direction of Rayados de Monterrey. He was the fifth coach dismissed in the Clausura 2022 tournament, while other positions, such as that of Santiago Solari, coach of Club América, hang in the balance as the tournament progresses.

The dismissal of ‘Vasco’ Aguirre occurs as a result of the protests of the fans against the cautious and defensive style of play that he instilled in the Rayados, despite having the highest payroll in the Mexican first division (95.8 million dollars ). Until day seven of the Liga MX, the Rayados have accumulated only one victory, two draws and two defeats, in the absence of their pending matches against Juárez and Toluca.

“Javier Aguirre has certain characteristics that have worked for him in other teams (…) he is someone who involves the player a lot but especially when he has squads that are playing for relegation, when more than tactics are players who are hungry to save themselves , who are risking the livelihood of their families or their future work, that is where this spirit injects them a lot. In teams like Monterrey, it is very difficult for there to be a hunger to win and transcend being in ‘paradise’, it is very difficult to motivate a group like this”, said Luis Fernández, Head of DataScouting at UnderData.

Aguirre left Rayados in third-last place in the general table, with five points, six goals for and five against. He took the reins of the institution in Clausura 2021, the year in which he won the Concacaf Champions League; however, he was eliminated in the Liga MX quarterfinals in his two seasons with the royal club. Internationally, he had a disappointing showing at the FIFA Club World Cup in which the Rayados finished fifth in early February.

Javier Aguirre is the fifth coach dismissed in the Clausura 2022 tournament after the Uruguayans Leonardo Ramos (Querétaro) and Marcelo Méndez, the Argentine Pablo Guede (Necaxa) and the Portuguese Pedro Caixinha (Santos).

On the same day, the Pumas tied at zero with the América club in the Clásico Capitalino in a game that lacked dangerous plays for much of the match, both teams culminated with only two shots directed towards the goal.

According to media reports such as ESPN and Recordthe technical director of the Eagles, Santiago Solari, was risking his continuity against Pumas and for now, the tie has allowed him one more week at the head of the team.

For the Pumas, this meant their fifth game in two weeks between their Liga MX and Concachampions commitments, for which their squad suffered various casualties due to injuries, in addition to the fact that at minute 81, the felines were left with one less player after Diogo de Oliveira was sent off for a double yellow card.

With this tie, América reached five points, its worst harvest in seven days since the 1957-58 season, and remains in the penultimate position in the table. The Pumas are in sixth place with 11 points as a result of three wins, two draws and two losses.

At the opposite pole, with the least valuable squad in Mexican soccer according to Transfermarkt, Puebla overcame a two-goal deficit and won 3-2 against Guadalajara at Akron Stadium. After goals from Miguel Ponce and Alexis Vega for Chivas, La Franja’s reaction began at minute 50 with goals from Fernando Aristeguieta, Jordi Cortizo and Guillermo Martínez.

With its fifth win, Puebla maintained its undefeated status and regained the overall lead with 17 points. Guadalajara was left with seven units with two wins, one draw and four setbacks.

The sweet potato team is closely followed by Pachuca, with 16 units, after beating the Mazatlán ‘Cañoneros’ 3-1 on Thursday at the Hidalgo stadium.

In turn, the Tigers occupy the third place in the classification. On Friday, with two goals from Frenchman André-Pierre Gignac and one more from his compatriot Florian Thauvin, those led by Miguel Herrera beat the Bravos de Juárez 3-2 at the Benito Juárez Olympic Stadium.

The team that lost the undefeated during day seven was the champion Atlas, who fell 2-0 against Tijuana and with 12 points is located in the seventh step.

The last positions in the general table after seven games played are Monterrey, América and Santos, three of the five most valuable squads in the tournament.

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