Years of history, goals, and players separate these two teams into different identities that split the city of Guadalajara apart. Whether or not you are a Zorros fan or a Chivas fan, this is undoubtedly a must-watch game.
Atlas (2-0-6) host Chivas (3-3-2) at the Estadio Jalisco in the ninth week of the glorious Liga MX. In the past ten encounters between these city rivals, Chivas has won a total of six times compared to Atlas’ three wins. Last time these two ended in a draw was in 2016, and there’s always been a victor since then; this match won’t be any different.
Both have quality players among their ranks for this game, and there are some things that separate these two. In the long run, they now both seem to have different priorities.
Chivas have a few things to their advantage coming into this game. The first thing that Luis Fernando Tena’s men will be looking out for is to continue their winning ways against city rivals. Chivas currently has three straight wins against Atlas under their belt.
The Rojiblancos are also looking to maintain themselves in the Liguilla positions following their win against Leon. Chivas will be looking to continue their winning ways by beating Atlas and increase their winning ways to three straight matches before hosting Monterrey (0-3-5) at the Estadio Akron.
With two wins in eight games this season, this is a must-win game for Atlas. Beating Chivas at home can be the boost the players need after failing to pick up any points in four straight games. Altas currently sit above last-placed team Monterrey, Altas needs to pick the three points to distance themselves from being in the last place. Atlas needs to regain its territory after failing to win games against their cross-town rivals. Winning on Saturday night can be a significant boost of morale that fans will appreciate after their unsuccessful start of the Clausura 2020.
In the Rojinegros side, the primary player to focus on is Argentine Luciano Acosta. Acosta, with one goal and assist this season, could use this game of massive magnitude that will help him showcase the real reason why Atlas acquired him. As of now, he has proved to be good with the ball, defensively, and leading attacks. Facing Chivas could be the game he needs to be in a better form.
For the Rojiblancos side, 20-year-old Jose Macias is the leading player to follow. Macias has proven to be deadly in the box and facing defenders. Macias will be in charge of leading Chivas’ attacks against Atlas. With three goals under his belt, Macias will be seeking to increase the tally that could potentially move him up some spots for the top scorer.
A Clásico Tapatío never disappoints, there will be action and goalscoring opportunities for both sides, but at the end of the 90 minutes, only one can win a claim the city. Who will it be? My takeaway on Saturday night’s victor is Chivas. Ninety minutes is a long time; anything can happen and will happen.