Toluca needs to reinvent themselves for the 2020 Clausura

Santiago Garcia reacts after the 2-2 draw vs. UNAM. (Photo by Mauricio Salas/Jam Media/Getty Images)
Santiago Garcia reacts after the 2-2 draw vs. UNAM. (Photo by Mauricio Salas/Jam Media/Getty Images) /

Toluca has been a disappointment in recent tournaments with poor results and lack of production on the field and that is why for the 2020 Clausura the 10 time Liga MX Champions are urged to play up to their usual standards.

2019 was not a successful year for Toluca as they failed to reached the Liguilla both in the Clausura 2019 and the Apertura 2019, along with with a few coaching changes. Toluca was not able to reach their full potential on the field. With the departure of Ricardo La Volpe towards the end of the Apertura 2019, a similar face has returned to uplift Toluca for the 2020 Clausura . That familiar face is none other than Jose Manuel de la Torre, once again searching to win another title with Los Diablos Rojos. 

Matosas out, Pachuca down
Toluca coach Ricardo La Volpe (left) chats with Pachuca counterpart Martín Palermo at halftime of their game on Sunday. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images) /

Chepo de la Torre knows the secret on how to have success in the Liga MX, he has won three Liga MX championships, one with Chivas in the Apertura 2006 and two with Toluca, Apertura 2008 and Bicentenario 2010. Now the task for Chepo will be not to only move Toluca up in the rankings but most importantly make them a competitive team in 2020. This new chapter in the 2020 decade first starts on Friday night versus Las Monarcas de Morelia at Estadio Morelos.

For the Clausura 2020, Los Diablos Rojos not only brought in a new coach but they acquired a couple of new faces  in, Kevin Escamilla, Diego Rosales, Javier Güémez, Michael Estrada, Leo Fernandez  and Carlos Cisneros. They will have the opportunity to work diligently in placing Toluca in one of the top 8 positions in the tournament.

One player to keep an eye out for is the young savy midfielder attacker Alan Medina whom made noise throughout the 2019 in both tournaments. Medina was granted various minutes under Ricardo La Volpe direction but sadly after a devastating injury at the start of the Apertura 2019 the diamond in the rough midfielders time came to a stop. Now with the Clausura 2020, Medina should return soon after the injury and make headlines once again leading the charge for Los Diablos Rojos.

At 22 years of age, Alan Medina captured attention from not only the legendary coach, Ricardo LaVolpe but also with Mexico National Team coach, Gerardo Martino, who slowly got integrated into the National Team experience in the international level throughout 2019. After the injury came in-between him and El Tri, Medina’s journey with the National Team will be placed on a brief hold. With the attention Medina captured It is no secret that his talents can exceed much expectation as he has demonstrated with the few playing minutes in the Liga MX. Currently with Toluca, Medina has well over 21 games played, and 3 goals  scored earning him a total of 1,200 minutes in the Liga MX. Lets be on the lookout for the next Hector Herrera, as La Volpe mentioned repeatedly in 2019.

Furthermore, indeed Toluca has enough power to make them stand out in the Clausura 2020 so surely they will be a team to keep an eye out in the next few weeks.