Pumas host Pachuca in 2020 Home Opener

The Pumas celebrate after beating América during the Clausura 2019. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)
The Pumas celebrate after beating América during the Clausura 2019. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images) /

Pumas are looking for redemption this upcoming 2020 Clausura. With new additions to the team, they have one task at hand: win it all. To conquer all, they must first start with their home opener when they receive Los Tuzos de Pachuca.

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Franco Jara (center) smiles after converting a penalty kick in minute 9 against Tijuana. The Tuzos went on to score twice more before halftime and cruised to victory. (Photo by Jaime Lopez/Jam Media/Getty Images) /

Pumas are looking to start on the right foot when they face Pachuca, a team who’ve struggled to beat them at home. In the past ten previous matches at the Estadio Olimpico Universitario, Pumas have only picked up two wins and shared points six of those times. This game could become interesting, as both teams are dangerous on the counter, and both defend well. Pumas must be careful when facing Pachuca as they are a team that is dangerous on the counter-attack boasting players as Franco Jara, Erick Aguirre, Rubens Sambueza, and recently added former Veracruz forward Colin-Kazeem Richards.

The last time these two met was at the Estadio Hidalgo when they returned home with a 2-0 loss during the 2019 Apertura. The Spaniard coach, Michel, will be looking to fix the mistakes from a disappointing first tournament. Pumas added into their squad the following players: Johan Vásquez, Alejandro Mayorga, Jerónimo Rodríguez, Leonel López, Sebastián Saucedo, and Favio Álvarez. These new additions will be looking to help the Universitarios conquer the beloved Liga MX trophy, a trophy that they haven’t had their hands on since the 2011 Clausura tournament when they beat Monarcas Morelia.

Pumas for what it looks like have built a squad that could be capable of reaching the Liguilla. As the tournament goes along, we will truly see what they are capable of doing. Mistakes will happen, games could be lost, but that is what Michel doesn’t want to occur. In the last tournament, Pumas suffered a total of seven losses a tally that they do not want to repeat.

The Paraguayan, Carlos Gonzalez managed to find the back of the net for the Universitarios a total of seven times, making him the club’s highest goalscorer. He and Juan Iturbe could be the attacking duo that could become a lethal attacking front.

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Pumas are a team that is capable of anything if they want to. They have a tough tournament in front of them, beating Pachuca is the first step to conquering it all. In my personal opinion, I feel that they will make it to the Liguilla. They have a good chance, and that is something they are aware of and could have the advantage of it.