The Liguilla stage is set. Chivas will take on rivals Club America and reigning champions Pachuca will face tournament underdogs Necaxa in the 2016 Liga MX Apertura quarterfinals.
Meanwhile, league leaders Xolos de Tijuana have been paired with Leon, and Pumas UNAM will reunite with Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti and Tigres for the second time in three Liguillas.
After a shaky start under Ignacio Ambriz, Club America have put things back together with Ricardo Antonio La Volpe at the helm and their reward is a matchup against Chivas. The Rebaño have already beat Las Aguilas twice this semester and will look to make it a perfect three in their rival’s centenary season.
There are no easy ties in the Liguilla, and first seed Tijuana will face the hard task of taking down the red-hot Leon. Since the arrival of Javier Torrente, Leon unthinkably went from the bottom of the table to the Liguilla.
Pachuca have been given a more forgiving assignment, but Necaxa, who only gained promotion to Liga MX a few months ago, will be more than motivated to take down the champs.
Finally, Tigres walked out of Ciudad Universitaria as champions two seasons ago, and their path to a fifth league title will start there against Juan Francisco Palencia’s Pumas.
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