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Clausura 2020 Preview: Tigres

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Club Tigres President Miguel Angel Garza posing with new players Nicolas Lopez and Jordan Sierra | Photo by Club Tigres | January 10, 2020

Tigres once again is headed into the upcoming season with the tag of being a contender to lift the Liga MX trophy. The Nuevo Leon based club has been recognized for having consistency with its coach and players in a league that many teams do the contrary.  Tigres will be on the hunt to lift two trophies in the next few months as it gets ready to compete in the Liga MX and CONCACAF Champions League tournament.

2019 Recap

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Andre-Pierre Gignac celebrates one of his three goals for Tigres | Photo by Club Tigres | August 10, 2019

The northern reign over Mexican soccer was the highlight of this past year. After a sour 2017 final, Monterrey would get its second chance at defeating Tigres in a final. The two clubs faced off for the CONCACAF Champions League final. This time around, Rayados would be the victorious squad as they defeated Tigres 2-1 in aggregate. Therefore, securing its spot in the World club tournament. It wouldn’t be too long before Tigres made a trip to the final of the domestic tournament. This time around, they were to face Leon for the championship. It was a hard fought two games, though the experienced ‘Tuca’ squad was able to pull through and add its 7th star to its crest.

New Additions

The club will be preparing for an intense upcoming five months. They’ve added players to upgrade their squad.  Tigres lacked creativity and diversity in its attack in the past year to help Andre-Pierre Gignac score goals. Nicolas “El Diente” Lopez will be a key player this upcoming Clausura. The Uruguayan arrives with a high profile to create and score goals as he did with Brazilian club, Internacional.

Jordan Sierra and Nicolas Lopez presented as new Club Tigres players | Photo by Club Tigres | January 10, 2020

In addition, they’ve also added a high motor midfielder, Jordan Sierra. The Ecuadorian was on loan for the past couple seasons with Lobos Buap and Queretaro to finally arrive at Tigres. This upcoming season, Tigres will also have the returns of Julian Quiñones and Francisco Meza. These two have been injured and are ready to contribute to another championship run.

Although Tigres made additions, they also let go of some players. A fan favorite, Lucas Zelarayan, departed the club for over $8 million to MLS club, Columbus Crew. Jair Diaz and Damian Torres left on loan to second division club, Merida.

What’s at stake?

Los Incomparables are ready to see Tigres dominate Mexican football. To point out, Tigres has been the team of the decade and arguably has the best roster of all Liga MX but has failed to play at that level. The next few months will be vital for the club and it’s fan base as it aims to secure a spot as one of the sports media, Grande.

Certainly the Champions League has been denied and once again they will look to make another final appearance to finally push through to a Club World Cup bid. Although the Champions league is important and prestigious, Tigres has the firepower to also win the Liga MX trophy. They have the roster, coach, and fans to be one of the most prestigious club in Liga MX history. Will they face the challenge?

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Week 1

Tigres will face off against Atletico San Luis. The Potosinos have a new head coach in Memo Vazquez and will look to steal a point or more at El Volcan in Monterrey.

Predicted Lineup:

Nahuel Guzman; Chaka Rodriguez, Ayala, Reyes, Duenas; Carioca, Pizarro, Nico Lopez, Aquino; Vargas, Gignac.

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