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Tomás Boy making immediate impact on Mazatlán FC

‘El Jefe’ has won 2 out of his 3 matches in charge and his tram remains alive in the playoff hunt

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So far, he’s picked up right where he left off. Ah yes, one of the most successful periods in the history of the now extinct Monarcas Morelia franchise came from 2009-2012, coincidentally under the tutelage of Boy himself. Following his departure, it was all downhill from there, as Grupo Salinas ownership acquired Atlas and decided to allocate most of the budget to the Jalisco-based franchise, leaving Monarcas in the dark and turning them into a relegation battle squad.

Now, eight years later, under many different circumstances, including a different city, ‘El Jefe’ has returned to the franchise to attempt to right the ship. And thus far, right the ship he has. Upon his arrival, Mazatlán were 13 matches into the season, owning a wretched record of 2W, 4D, 7L, which was good for only 10 points out of a possible 39. Out of his three matches in charge, he has won two, and most importantly, has brought Brazilian striker Camilo Sanvezzo back to life after he drifted through irrelevancy through most of the season. His 4-4-2 formation utilized in all three matches has benefited the Brazilian tremendously, with him scoring six out of his eight netbusters in this span.

But his most important accomplishment in this short period has been keeping the club alive in the playoff race. The two games Boy has won equals the amount of wins the purple and black had in their first 13 matches of the season. Thanks to that, they are only two points out of 12th place, currenly occupied by FC Juárez. They of course need a win @ Santos next Sunday, coupled with draws or losses by both FC Juárez and Puebla. But the fact they’re still in it, speaks volumes on the impact Boy has had on this squad.

So, with just 90 minutes remaining in their Guard1anes 2020 season, Mazatlán FC depend on other results to get in. However, regardless of whether they make the playoffs or not, one thing is for certain; Tomás Boy has achieved his objectivo in this short span of games he was brought in to coach, and Mazatlán have found the right man for the job moving forward. Not only has he injected intensity, found a way to win, and brought his star striker alive, but just a couple days ago defeated Atlético San Lus on the road by a final of 0-5. Not an easy accomplishment with a team who was second to last upon his arrival just a few weeks back. Round 17 promises to be a thriller with three teams fighting for that final wild-card spot.