Several months ago, Club América just couldn’t hang with the likes of Tigres. Today, the new-look team from Mexico City is looking like a real threat, not only in the Mexican league but in the upcoming CONCACAF Champions League. Miguel ‘Piojo’ Herrera has a lot in his arsenal to take on the likes of the best in Mexico and the region.
Tuesday night, Club América dismantled Monarcas Morelia, 4-1, at home. The win put Las Águilas on top of the standings with 15 points (although other teams will be playing on Wednesday night). The win is coming after a tough 1-1 draw with Tigres on the weekend.
New signing Jérémy Ménez has not been disappointing for América, as he has two goals and an assist in his first three games. The French forward has a lot of eyes on his game and he has been stepping up. Moreover, the introduction of another top forward has caused players like Oribe Peralta, Henry Martín, Mateus Uribe, and co. to play at a higher level.
What makes matters better for Piojo is that he has a longer list of players who can step up, especially with another tournament coming up. The likes of Diego Lainez, Renato Ibarra, Carlos Vargas, and Andrés Ibargüen will be cycling in and out during these next several games, and all of them are quality players for Club América.
What will be important in the upcoming months is the comradery in the locker room and on the pitch, and it truly looks like the players are responding to Piojo’s game approach. Although some players are cycling around, the team will be sharing a lot of responsibilities, especially if they want to bring home two more trophies to their already full trophy case.
Club América will take on Veracruz on Saturday night, and then they will begin their CCL knockout campaign against Saprissa (Costa Rica) on Wednesday, February 21.