Thursday, December 01, 2022

Against Toluca, America wants to take another step towards title

MEXICO CITY ( Associated Press) — Last semester, Argentine Fernando Ortiz had his first experience at the helm of America and soon learned one of the most important principles in this team: Anything less than a title is considered failure.

“Tano” Ortiz and the Eagles will try to take another step towards the feat they have been denied since Apertura 2018 when they visit Toluca for one of the semi-finals of Apertura 2022.

In the second key disputed on Thursday, Pachuca acquires Monterrey.

The Eagles come into the game riding a 14-game unbeaten streak. Thirteen of those doubles have won. They have the best attack in the championship, scoring 49 goals, including 11 goals scored on Puebla in the quarter-finals.

It was the worst defeat in the final stage since the league format was established in Mexico in the seventies. In addition, nine comments equaled the gap that Toluca imposed with a 9–0 victory over Puebla in the summer of 2000.

“In this institution we celebrate only titles, which is clear to all of us. The rest are statistics and achievements made by the player,” Ortiz said in a press conference. “Personally I am happy, but we know That is what the objective is and we cannot think that it has been achieved without achieving the objective of winning the championship.”

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America had excellent tournaments recently, however, that did not end with the title. In December, Argentina reached the helm of Santiago Solari, the leaders and favorites in the Eagles league, to lose in the first round against Pachuca.

Solari was fired after a disappointing start at this year’s Clausura and with the emergence of Ortiz, America again qualified directly for the playoffs. He passed in the first round, but was dropped again by the same Tuzos in the semi-finals.

It was a bitter taste for “Tano” Ortiz. On the one hand, they relegated Azulcremas when they seemed to have finished in the regular stage, but reaching the semi-finals and falling short of a title is not celebrated in their club.

It should therefore come as no surprise that now the legend of the Argentine coach involves constantly putting cold clothes on the sentiments of fans who feel close to the 14th crown in its history.

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“No one can clear the confusion (from the fans), the players themselves have created that illusion. Let me tell you that starting from tomorrow till the return phase on Saturday, the team will try its best to reach the finals.

To get closer to their main goal, America must first defeat Toluca who have come up short and high in the tournament.

The Red Devils advanced through the playoffs and in the quarterfinals they displayed a chameleon aspect that makes them dangerous: in the first game they displayed a powerful attack that scored four goals against Santos and in the second a defense that took the second to a goal. limited. Best attack of the regular tournament.

“I don’t know if it’s the litmus test, the litmus test was always us,” Ortiz said. “From the first date and now tomorrow when we face the first semi-final, we are always on fire.”

Another one coming up Wednesday night in Toluca.

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