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The tides have quickly turned back into Chivas de Guadalajara’s favor.
Following a disappointing start to the 2021 Apertura with a 2-1 loss to Atletico San Luis, Chivas exceeded expectations with a 2-0 win over Puebla last week.
The victory, which featured a couple of impressive goals from distance, highlighted an unexpected change in tactics from manager Victor Manuel Vucetich that led to success.
And while Chivas are taking steps forward, FC Juarez are continuing on their backwards path.
With two losses and five goals allowed in their first two games, Juarez remain without a single point so far this season.
Even under the guidance of new manager Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti, the bordertown side are having some noteworthy problems that might not get fixed soon.
|Chivas de Guadalajara vs FC Juarez Information|
|Teams||Chivas de Guadalajara vs FC Juarez|
|Location||Estadio AKRON (Guadalajara, Mexico)|
|Time||Saturday, July 7th at 3:00pm PT/6:00pm ET|
|How to Watch||Telemundo|
Ferretti hasn’t had an ideal first impression over at Juarez.
Just two games in charge, the Brazilian has so far underwhelmed many fans who had lofty hopes for one of the most illustrious and well-respected coaches in Mexican soccer.
His team has lacked drive, intensity and an overall character that’s necessary to compete in the high level of Liga MX.
He understandably needs time to solidify his approach and mentality, but due to this, Juarez will be vulnerable in the near future.
And as for Chivas, we’ve recently seen that they have a number of players who could do some damage — whether they be in the XI or as backups.
Credit is due to Vucetich. After being on the receiving end of justified criticism last season, and in his first match of the Apertura, the manager immediately altered and corrected his style.
In what proved to be a surprising setup, he placed Chivas in a 3-4-3 last week in the win over Puebla.
Through that, starters like Cesar Huerta, Jesus Molina, Alan Torres, Luis Olivas and others were capable of creating plenty of chances and countless corners.
Most importantly though, names such as Alejandro Mayorga, Sergio Flores and Isaac Brizuela were able to seamlessly transition into the system as vital substitutes.
It was impressive to see, and it speaks volumes about the motivated backups that Vucetich can utilize this upcoming weekend.
For all of the fanfare and excitement about Ferretti arriving in Juarez, the decorated manager has so far fallen flat with lackadaisical efforts in his first two weeks.
His players have clearly struggled with holding onto the ball, which means that Juarez supporters will need to be patient about eventually seeing Tuca’s style of play with heavy possession.
It has been frustrating for the manager to watch — especially when you consider that Juarez didn’t have a single shot on target in their previous match.
Keep an eye on the 20-year-old forward/winger.
Last week, Huerta was thrilling as the right winger in Chivas’ 3-4-3 formation.
The academy product connected 100% of his passes, launched accurate long balls, and even helped with some of the defensive workload.
At his best, he’s an agile attacker with excellent passing and an overlooked amount of strength.
The young Mexican made a name for himself during the 65 minutes he played against Puebla, and given another start, he could be set on having another exemplary performance.
Freelance writer Cesar Hernandez is a specialist in all things American and Mexican soccer. He has written for ESPN FC, The Athletic, The Guardian, FourFourTwo, VICE Sports and several other publications. Along with writing and previous radio appearances on the BBC, talkSPORT and SiriusXM FC, Cesar is also a member of the Mexican Soccer Show podcast. Email: [email protected]More info on Cesar Hernandez
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