It’s that time again where the best of North America clash in the regional tournament called the CONCACAF Champions League. The knockout rounds begin on Tuesday, February 20, and there will be Liga MX representation to keep an eye out for.
Here are the matchups in the round of 16 for the Mexican teams…
Tigres vs Herediano (Tuesday, February 20)
The reigning Liga MX champs will start off their round of 16 campaign on the road in Costa Rica. It has already been confirmed that André-Pierre Gignac and Juninho will be absent, mostly due to rest. It is not safe to assume that Tigres will win this without the help of their most deadly goalscorer.
Herediano, on paper, will have possession problems, but being patient and earning a good result at home could do them wonders. Tigres has been known to slack in this tournament, so it will be interesting to see how strong of an eleven they will field on Tuesday night.
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Tijuana Xolos vs Motagua (Wednesday, February 21)
This match will be heavily in favor of Tijuana over the Honduran club in Motagua. Tijuana Xolos are coming off a bashing of Pumas and are flying sky-high. They will be on the road, which is never easy, but the talent they have should be sufficient.
Look for Tijuana to dictate the pace of the game from the get-go.
Club América vs Saprissa (Wednesday, February 21)
If there’s one team outside of Mexico and the US who has the best shot of making the final, it’s Saprissa. However, their chances of doing so may have become a little more difficult with the Mexican giant Club América in their way. The Costa Rican side will need to expose América at home, in hopes of sneaking towards their end goal.
Miguel ‘Piojo’ Herrera has a lot in his arsenal to take down Saprissa. The only question will be, “how bad does América want to win this cup again?”
Chivas vs Cibao (Thursday, February 22)
Chivas might be struggling mightily in Liga MX, but things in CCL are about to lighten up. The Mexican team has the least threatening opponent in Cibao of the Dominican Republic. If Chivas can get a result on the road, expect this to get ugly in the second leg.
If they can rescue something for the fans in the CCL, then maybe things in Liga MX can turn around, as well.