Cruz Azul and Club America face off Saturday in the Clasico Joven. As ever in a derby contest, there's hope for a scintillating match that will thrill fans and enter the history books of the long-standing rivalry. At the same time, the expectations for this game are probably at a low, given the fact that the two clubs seem to be headed in different directions. Cruz Azul fans are likely bracing themselves for the result, hoping to avoid embarrassment.
Here are five things to watch for in the match.
GUADALAJARA, Mexico -- Chivas fell 1-0 to Cruz Azul on Sunday in Estadio Omnilife to make it zero points from their opening two matches of the Apertura 2015.
Here are three takes from the match:
1. Pressure already on "Chepo" De la Torre
It is now just one victory for Chivas in their last 10 Liga MX matches and the club fell into last position in the relegation table with this defeat. The alarm bells are starting to gently sound in Guadalajara, with avoiding relegation once again the top priority...
It would be ridiculous to suggest that Chivas or Cruz Azul absolutely need to pick up three points in Estadio Omnilife on Sunday. After all, it's only week two of 17 regular season matches in the 2015 Liga MX Apertura.
Although it is so early in the campaign, both of the so-called "big four" clubs could already do with the morale-raising boost that the three points would bring.
Chivas lost 2-0 in their opener last Friday against Veracruz in a game that did nothing to get rid of the suspicion...
Right when coach Gustavo Matosas needed it most, Club America dug deep and produced a crucial victory over derby rival Cruz Azul in the Clasico Joven.
That close win doesn't magically erase the recent slump of Aguilas games lost against an avalanche of goals, but it does throw Matosas and his tenure a crucial lifeline.
Here are three takeaways from the game.
1. New approach at Club America
The win against Cruz Azul came at a cost on a philosophical level. The arrival of Matosas to Club America...