It is arguable that when Tigres and Monterrey meet through both legs of their Liguilla quarterfinal, the biggest collection of talent available in Liga MX will be on display. In fact, Clasico Regios in the Liguilla are becoming a recurring theme in Liga MX. This is the second time in a year that Tigres and Monterrey meet at this stage of the tournament, and it wouldn’t be surprising to think there will be plenty more clashes in seasons to come.
For now, Tigres arrive to this first leg in something of a hot streak. Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti’s men finished the season winning four of their last five league matches, and after a 5-1 thrashing of Queretaro over the weekend, in which star player Andre-Pierre Gignac scored a hat-trick, it looks like the defending champs are peaking at just about the right time.
Monterrey, on the other hand, arrive as the second seed in this Liguilla, and given the South American talent in their ranks, it might be league title or bust for Antonio “Turco” Mohamed’s men. Monterrey have the advantage of knowing they already eliminated Tigres two seasons ago in the quarterfinals, and coincidentally, Tigres’ last defeat was in the regular season edition of the Clasico Regio, where Rayados earned a 2-1 victory at the Estadio Universitario. In that regard, they know exactly what it takes to bring down the defending champs in what is expected to be a raucous atmosphere at the “Volcan”.
Date: Wednesday, May 10
Time: 5:30 PM Pacific, 7:30 PM Central, 8:30 PM Eastern
Venue: Estadio Universitario, San Nicolas de los Garza, Mexico
Television: Univision Deportes (US-Spanish), TDN (Mexico), Canal 5 Televisa (Mexico), SKY Planeta Fútbol (Mexico), UnivisionTDN (Mexico), Sky HD (Mexico)