06 Apr Club Leon Liga MX listing: Fellow surprise team Necaxa standing between La Fiera along with Mexican soccer win series mark
La Fiera improbably direct the league and also are pushing to the longest-ever winning series with their fellow upstarts Rayos expecting to spoil the celebration
A glance in the Liguilla picture shows mostly what Liga MX buffs would anticipate going into the final five weeks of the Clausura. Both big-spending Monterrey nightclubs are there. The prior finalists, grandes Club America and Cruz Azul have been in. A plucky Puebla is battling Tijuana for the last spot.
The shock is in the top, at which Leon directs the way. Somehow their meeting this weekend from Necaxa is the only conflict between teams now in the playoff places. There is more at stake than just locking up a playoff place. With a triumph this weekend, Leon will have attained background, matching the longest winning series in Mexican football history.
How has Leon achieved it? Angel Mena’s breakout year scoring a dozen targets has gotten some attention (although still insufficient at the capital-centric media surroundings ), but Leon’s defense has gone from utterly awful to completely masterful. Last week, Leon allowed 23 targets in the regular season, a marker of 1. 35 goals against per game. Throughout a dozen games this championship, the device has surrendered just eight, great for a. 66 (replicating ) mark.
La Fiera have ridden the recently discovered defense into some club-record nine-match winning series and sit on the verge of background together with the capability to equal the 1971-72 Cruz Azul team’s Mexican listing of 10 wins in a row and also stand alone with a record winning series in brief championship age.
“It would be really good to go down in history, not only Club Leon history however Mexican football history, but genuinely it is not the priority for us,” winger Rubens Sambueza stated before this week. “The priority is not the same aim. To begin with, to get in the Liguilla, what we are very near, and following that to battle for the tournament with teams that are going to be really powerful from the Liguilla too.”
Even when the name cost falls short, it has turned into a remarkable tournament as the club burst from nowhere to summit the dining table.
Leon bought clever this particular window, signing Mena from Cruz Azul, eventually putting an end to Costa Rica global Joel Campbell’s European odyssey and snagging Argentine defender Romario Gonzalez Hernandez from Chilean club Union Espanola. While his title is the least familiar, eventually placing a first-division-quality spouse alongside Andres Mosquera. Liga MX veteran Sambueza, who lately returned from trauma, and Mexico U-20 ahead Jose Macias have had their role to play.
Additionally, it marketed clever. Alexander Mejia had run his route with all the club, although there was a fair bit of controversy in how it occurred, bidding farewell to long-timer goalscorer Mauro Boselli was late.
All of it’s been orchestrated by director Nacho Ambriz, a mentor who’d been fairly dull at previous stops, such as in his last project at Necaxa. Regardless of the conservative approaches armed with Saturday’s competition and throughout his stint with Club America, Leon is an enjoyable team to see Campbell serving as a hinge for counter-attacks, Mena tearing up and down the wing along with Luis Montes enjoying the chance to play vibrant attackers once more.
Obviously, it all – the possible best scorer crown for Mena, the prospective record win series, the positive vibe at Guanajuato – means little if it does not finish with the club’s first trophy because the Bicampeonato at 2013-14.
“Beyond the stats, that are pretty and nice, I believe that the priority at this time is to maintain our level and clearly keep growing and adjusting items,” Mena said Thursday. “We need the team to operate collectively in addition to possible so we proceed in the Liguilla powerful”
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To start, however, it has Necaxa standing in between Leon and Liga MX background, with nearly a mini-Leon version helping it into the fifth-place area and also a four-match undefeated streak of its own. Like Leon, Necaxa has witnessed that a breakout scorer emerge from Brian Fernandez. The Rayos’ defense also has helped tilt the balance, together with former U.S. global center back Ventura Alvarado and youthful Mexican guardian Alexis Pena
Guillermo Vazquez, yet another well-traveled director in Liga MX, was freed in the situation that’s Veracruz and contains his own team enjoying nicely. Acquiring the club back in the postseason for the first time because the 2016 Apertura are a significant accomplishment for its 51-year old, although not as historical as the series former Necaxa participant and trainer Ambriz is functioning on together with Leon.
When the teams come together it’ll be a fascinating game, one that will test every one of them beforehand of probably playoff action few believed would come for both sides. The game is happening beyond the spotlight of Mexican football, which remains fixed on America from the league, Tigres and Monterrey at the Concacaf Champions League, along with the difficulties in Chivas, but it needs to be centre stage for a weekend.