Match: CF Monterrey v Tigres UANL
Date: May 1st, 2019
Time: 9:00 PM CST, 10:00 PM EST, 7:00 PM PST
Venue: Estadio BBVA Bancomer, Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
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It all comes down to one game.
Monterrey and Tigres UANL will square off with more than just city bragging rights at stake as the two bitter rivals face off in the second leg of the Concacaf Champions League final. Monterrey come into the match with a 1-0 lead having picked up a 1-0 victory away at El Volcán last week.
Monterrey fielded a greatly weakened side last weekend against Necaxa, and while they still escaped with a 2-2 draw, the big guns will return to the starting lineup for the final match. Rogelio Funes Mori, Dorlan Pabón, Avilés Hurtado and others will be back in the lineup as Monterrey look to pick up a victory and win a trophy at their home ground, getting a little bit of revenge for the Apertura 2017 final that Tigres won at the Estadio BBVA Bancomer.
Stopping André-Pierre Gignac will be a priority for Monterrey, as the French striker is probably the best goal scorer in Liga MX, if not North America, when he’s on his game. Nico Sánchez will be in the lineup once again and the match should see the return of Cesár Montes to the starting XI, as he was suspended for the first leg, although Stefan Medina may retain his place given the success of the team away from home.
This match may come down to which team takes its chances, as both teams are rock-solid defensively and have a lot of firepower in the lineups that can make the other team pay if mistakes are made. Diego Alonso, the Monterrey manager, is very effective at defending leads in two-legged finals, although this team gave up a late goal to Tigres in Liga MX play to gift their rivals a draw after being the better team and leading for almost the entire match.
Can Monterrey get a good win at home and lift the CCL trophy at the end of the night? Or will Tigres lift their first international trophy at the home of their rivals? Let us know what you think will happen in the comments!