A 2-0 defeat to Chiapas on Tuesday ended Club America’s short two-game winning streak. The defeat brought las Aguilas down just one spot in the standings at 11, but by losing to Chiapas, America lost the opportunity to move all the way to sixth in the table. The defeat to Chiapas also reminded America of the slow start of Agustin Marchesin in comparison to Moises Munoz and the lack of goals coming from Oribe Peralta and Silvio Romero. This Saturday, America looks for redemption as they take on last-placed Puebla.
Like the last previous three teams America faced, Puebla is facing a serious relegation threat. In five games, Puebla totals just two points and a goal differential of -7. Their anemic offense has scored just five goals in the young season. Over the past couple of campaigns, Puebla has struggled to compete with their Liga MX rivals. While America has looked superior entering their matches, Puebla has escaped with draws on consecutive occasions against las Aguilas.
Although Puebla’s goal differential ranks as worst in the league, six goals came against Tijuana in their second game of the season. Since that defeat, Puebla has allowed three goals in three matches.
For America, one of the major factors in their struggle to come away with wins has come down to defending from outside the box. Against Chiapas, Jonathan Fabbro scored on a shot near the right corner of the area. Tigress and Toluca exposed the America defense by scoring a couple of goals from a deep range.
Despite Peralta and Romero combining for three goals, America has other offensive options to go to in Cecilio Dominguez, Renato Ibarra, and at times Darwin Quintero to break into a counterattack.
Playing at home, anything but a win would turn the fan base further against not only Marchesin, but against a team which left many disappointed after no trophies earned in their centenary season.
Puebla 2-2 Club America - August 21, 2016 Apertura
Date: Saturday, February 11
Time: 7:00 PM Pacific, 9:00 PM Central, 10:00 PM Eastern
Venue: Estadio Azteca
Television: United States - Univision, Univision Deportes Network ; Mexico- TDN
Streaming: fuboTV (Free trial + monthly subscription)