If you had to predict who would be in the Liga MX final for the second half of the year, it would most likely feature Tigres v Monterrey. Two teams who hate each other but are stacked to the gills in Mexico. As of Sunday night, these two juggernauts will be clashing to be crowned the lords of Liga MX.
Here’s how they got there…
Tigres 4, Club América 0 aggregate
Well, if you’re Club América, you have a lot to be angry at over the semifinal against Tigres, however, no goals over two legs will not cut it. For Tigres, the semifinal went just as planned; frustrate Club América and get them to make costly mistakes.
Tigres are heading to the final, but not all are convinced, yet. A 1-0 win in Azteca due to a controversial penalty call and winning big at home with América down two men means that Tigres need to silence the doubters against their rivals Monterrey. They have the deadly attacking force, yet, Monterrey has recently shut down Tigres in league play, 2-0. They will need to be firing on all cylinders, all while getting the ball out of Monterrey’s control.
Monterrey 6, Morelia 0 aggregate
If there is a player in nearly perfect form, it is Monterrey’s Rogelio Funes Mori. A hat-trick in the semifinal second leg against Morelia has the Argentinian striker riding an all-time high with his confidence. Meanwhile, his teammates Carlos Sánchez, Avilés Hurtado, and Dorlan Pabón are feeling pretty good about their form, as well.
Monterrey is looking like the most dangerous team Mexico’s league has put together in quite some time. They will be favored against Tigres, however, if they come into the game cocky, Tigres can punish them quickly. Yet, staying true to what they’ve been doing could be just enough to raise the Liga MX trophy.
The first leg will be on Thursday, December 7.