Chivas will travel to Queretaro with a lot of hopes resting on this match as they prepare to face two of their biggest games next week. In the week prior to two editions of the biggest game in Mexican Football (Chivas vs America), Chivas will need to bounce back after consecutive losses to go to their most important week with some momentum. Meanwhile, Queretaro will try to continue improving after new coach Victor Manuel Vucetich took charge of the bottom dwelling team and got them their first victory and a narrow defeat away to Puebla.
Chivas will be coming into this Queretaro match with a lot of pressure following their recent skid in their Liga MX tournament. Chivas and their fans were in high spirits after defeating their city rivals Atlas by a score of 3-0, but after that, they lost away to Pachuca by a score of 3-1 and then fell 2-0 at home against Monterrey, allowing their first goal at home and also suffering their first defeat. All eyes in Guadalajara though should be on their games next week when they clash twice against their biggest rival America. First, they will travel to Mexico City to face America in their Copa MX quarterfinal match against them. Then on Saturday, they will return home to Guadalajara to face las Águilas in their Liga MX match. The games are key not only because of their rivalry, but because their Copa MX campaign is totally dependent on that result and their Liga MX might also be depending on the result against Queretaro.
In a weird coincidence, the last time Chivas and America faced each other in a Copa MX was a semifinal at the Estadio Azteca, which Chivas won on penalty kicks. They eventually lost that final on penalty kicks to Queretaro. That Copa MX was the first trophy Queretaro won and it was also coached by Vucetich. It’s a weird coincidence, but it might also serve as a point of caution for a Chivas team that has to be rid of distractions for this match. While it’s true that Queretaro’s season had been a total disaster, the team improved somewhat with Vucetich. They won their first game at home against Morelia and would have gotten a tie away to Puebla had their last minute goal not been ruled offside by VAR. As such, Chivas will have their hands full, and a week prior to the biggest point of their season, they can’t afford another slip up.
Date: Saturday, March 9
Time: 7:00pm Pacific, 9:00pm Central, 10:00pm Eastern
Venue: Estadio Corregidora, Querétaro, México
TV: Univision Deportes Network (US-Spanish), Univision (US-Spanish), Fox Sports 2 (Mexico), Imagen TV (Mexico),