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What happened to Puebla?
Once a dark horse in the previous 2021 Clausura season, Puebla have since kicked off the current 2021 Apertura with a draw and loss.
Puebla have only scored once in 180 minutes, and although they were able to hold their own in a 1-1 draw with Monterrey, they truly had problems in the latest 2-0 loss to Chivas de Guadalajara.
Club America, on the other hand, have gone back to their winning ways under manager Santiago Solari.
Recognized for his ability to take part in hard-fought and close results, the manager worked his magic during last Saturday’s 2-1 win over Necaxa.
America and Solari are trending in the right direction and will be expected to build off of their success from last week.
|Club America vs Puebla Information|
|Teams||Club America vs Puebla|
|Location||Estadio Azteca (Mexico City, Mexico)|
|Time||Saturday, July 7th at 5:00 pm PT/8:00 pm ET|
|How to Watch||Univision, TUDN|
How did the first two weeks of the season go for Puebla and America?
For America, a 0-0 draw with Queretaro eventually led to their latest 2-1 win over Necaxa.
As mentioned earlier, that win was reminiscent of what Solari typically provides for the Mexico City club, which was of course helped by Oscar Jimenez in net.
But what about Puebla?
They too kicked off the Apertura with a draw, but unlike America, they began to trend downwards with their recent 2-0 loss to Chivas.
In hindsight, perhaps it isn’t too shocking to see them go without a win after some of the hidden complications they had last season.
Here’s an interesting statistic: In the previous 2020 Apertura and 2021 Clausura tournaments, no Liga MX team finished with a higher xGA (expected goals against) tally than Puebla.
Yes, Puebla did find a way into the playoffs both seasons, but they were able to do so thanks to incredible goalkeeping performances and opposition not taking advantage of chances.
It was only a matter of time before Puebla’s luck would run out, and as seen so far this season, they’ve already given up three goals in their first two matches.
Coupled with Antony Silva looking a bit off in the net, Puebla might allow at least a couple more against the upcoming home side.
It’s never thrilling or robust soccer, but it’s always enough to get three points through a narrow result.
That’s what Solari has traditionally done with America since stepping in last winter, and although his caution leads to a lack of one-sided wins, it was enough in the last regular season for a spot in 2nd.
America are now undefeated to start the Apertura, and with a new and thrilling reinforcement in tow, another three points could be within reach this weekend.
Sadly for Puebla, one of their top players from last season will now face off against them as a new America player.
After making headlines for his America debut that included a shot that hit the crossbar during Week 1, Salvador Reyes stepped into the XI during Week 2 with a goal and assist.
It was a mesmerizing performance from the 23-year-old who was unlucky to not be included in Mexico’s Olympic or Gold Cup roster.
And unfortunately for Puebla, as a former player of the team, Reyes will know plenty about their weaknesses and structure when they face America.
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