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The Clasico Capitalino is back!
Featuring Mexico City’s Club America and Pumas, this crosstown rivalry is one of the bigger soccer events in Liga MX’s regular season. That said, Pumas are heading into this one as the heavy underdogs. They’re winless in their last five games in all competitions and have just one single victory all season.
As for America, things are looking much more promising. Despite a couple of draws and a loss in their last three, they remain as arguably the top team in Liga MX. Played at the massive and historic Estadio Azteca, all signs point to a win for the home side. After a shaky end to September, manager Santiago Solari should be highly motivated to chase three points.
Although it’s not serious just yet, some worries have started to emerge from America fans.
Often having incredibly high expectations for their team, supporters have begun to feel uneasy about their end to September:
A 3-1 loss to Toluca, a 0-0 draw against rivals Chivas, and most recently, a 1-1 draw against Pachuca.
While these results would be par for the course for most other Liga MX teams, earning two points total from those three has made some fans and media a bit anxious about America.
That said, on deeper inspection, it looks as if things will be just fine for the Mexico City giants as they head into the Clasico Capitalino.
Even if they were outplayed in their last three matches, America have still continued to be impressive in the 2021 Apertura with a 6W-4D-1L record.
They are one of two teams with only one loss, and as of the results from Week 11 of the current season, no club has collected more points than America.
As for the latest results, America have actually played quite well.
In the 0-0 draw with Pachuca, America out-shot their opponents and finished with a higher xG (expected goals) rating.
The same could be said in their 0-0 tie with Chivas, in which America was unlucky to not have at least one goal.
Their only true blemish was against Toluca, but Toluca finished Week 11 as one of the top three teams in the Liga MX table.
And when looking at Pumas, they are far from Toluca…
It has been discussed several times in previous articles, but Pumas has yet to follow through and fix any of their problems.
They only have one win so far this season, their defense is looking vulnerable, and most importantly, their attack has continued to flounder.
In their 10 games, they’ve only scored a total of six times.
Up against a talented America roster, it’s incredibly difficult to expect Pumas to walk away from the Azteca with a win or draw.
Sebastian Cordova is due for a standout performance.
Often recognized as one of the most exciting up-and-coming players in Mexican soccer, the 24-year-old has gone quiet over the last couple of months.
That said, there were glimpses of his brilliance in America’s latest draw with Pachuca.
Playing as a left-winger that drifted inside, Cordova was dangerous with his runs and aggressive with his duels.
He was America’s best player on the field and looking ahead, he now looks set to build on this match and provide another game-changing 90 minutes for America in a high-profile encounter.
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|Club America vs Pumas
|Estadio Azteca (Mexico City, Mexico)
|Sunday, October 3rd at 3:00 pm PT/6:00 pm ET
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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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