Monterrey starts the new Liga MX season with a bang, getting a big win vs a lackluster Pachuca side.
As I mentioned in my preview for this game, Monterrey needed to make a statement of intent early in the Clausura to demonstrate they will be back in the Liguilla and strong enough to win the Liga MX title.
Facing a Pachuca side that have consistently bought well and sold their best players to European clubs was, at least on paper, going to be a tough opening game for Monterrey.
However despite predicting a Rayados win, no one foresaw this kind of a performance from Monterrey, especially as Pachuca are not a side that loses in this manner very often.
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With braces from Aviles Hurtado and Rogelio Funes Mori, Monterrey were dominant and comfortable the entire game, with Pachuca failing to try and get something from the game.
A highlight for fans of the Mexican national team was seeing young prospect Jonathan Gonzalez scoring the 2nd goal of the night shortly after halftime. Gonzalez (pictured at top) is coming back from an injury that cut short his Apertura 2018 season, Hopefully this is the year he truly steps up and becomes a vital player for Monterrey and for Mexico.
As for Monterrey, this result is a big sign they mean business this season and the Rayados have clearly marked themselves out to be a team to watch in the coming months. I would not be surprised to see them go deep into the Liguilla.