A new opportunity to lift the title begins for América, when they face León, in their 59th Liguilla since this phase was played, being the one that surpasses the quarterfinals the most times, equal to Chivas and Pumaswhich are also in this instance.
Not only the current numbers advocate for the azulcrema cause, because historically, since the final phases were established (1970-71 season, without counting the play-offs or group phase), the club Coapa advanced to 42 semifinalsbeing the one who has done it the most in Mexican soccer.
Of the Leagues that it has already held, in 72.5 percent it surpassed its rival in the quarterfinals, which contrasts with the times that Chivas (51 percent) and Pumas (63.9) advanced from this phase.
“It’s going to be a great Liguilla for us. We come prepared for everything, we had 17 very good days, and we have to remain focused on that, there are six games left, even if emotionally it is different, and all the rivals are going to get the most out of you,” said the American player, Álvaro Fidalgo.
In the last six Liguillas, América finished in the quarterfinals on three occasions, surpassed by Chivas, Pachuca and Pumas; toThey advanced to the semis the same number of times, when they beat Puebla, twice, and San Luis, the previous tournament.
The Águilas qualified as leaders of the Apertura 2023, with a lost duel, 16 undefeated games and 40 total points, in addition to having the best offense (37 goals scored) and defense (14 conceded). With these arguments, he is a favorite against La Fiera and to be champion.
“For me it has always been the biggest club in Mexico, plus what we did during the tournament, obviously they are going to put us as favorites. But the Liguilla is a lottery, if you go out on a bad day it can change everything. You have to be very focused,” said Jonathan dos Santos.
America is the one with the most titles in short tournaments (five), compared to the staunch rivals that also compete in this Liguilla: Pumas (four), which seeks to achieve it, after 12 years without a trophy, and Chivas (three), which tries not to fall behind. , in addition to wanting to tie its archrival in the number of titles (13).
While the azulcrema tournament was notable, that does not guarantee a new star. Of the five occasions that the Azulcremas were leaders, they were only crowned once: in the 2014 Apertura, with Antonio Mohamed. In that sense, the challenge is greater for André Jardine and his pupils.