Given the little show offered in the quarterfinals, our experts analyze the reasons why the first leg games were so lackluster
MEXICO – It is a fact that the start of the League Many people did not like it because of the non-purposeful playing styles that were seen in the matches between Pumas and America in University City, and Monterrey and Atlas at BBVA.
The goalless draws gave rise to conflicting opinions, as happened among the specialists of ESPN, which in some cases attribute the goalless results in the first two Liguilla matches to the disappearance of the away goal rule.
“I think it did hurt, because obviously the visiting team does not have so much urgency, or so much need to look for the goal. In this sense, we saw a America conservative, a defensive America, an America that retreated, but on the other hand I consider it to be valid. “
“I say, from when here is it not valid to look for a tie in football? It is not spectacular, it is not attractive for the stands, but of course it is valid to arrive 0-0 at your house in the second leg … It is supposed that League It has to be spectacular, that’s why they invented it, and it turns out that it is an instance, at least yesterday in both games, very lackluster, but on the other hand, I insist on attacking little, because it is not perfectly valid. It is not a shame not to look for the opposite goal, because it is a strategy and football is also strategy “.
“It was a mistake to take away the away goal in the roundtrip playoffs. The approach for visiting teams first becomes pretty obvious: Don’t lose. The return is a completely different story. Before, with the away goal at least there would be a window of possibilities for the team that visited first, in having a reward for attacking and looking for the goal; now that reward does not exist. “
“There is no point in going out to open in the first leg, when everything can be resolved in 90 minutes with favorable conditions for the team that receives in the ‘return’ … It is not only because the America lost the last round for the away goal; It is a measure adopted by Conmebol and by UEFA. Everything in football changes and hopefully the people who make the decisions realize that taking away the away goal was a serious mistake “
“I don’t think that removing the away goal rule has affected the Quarterfinals. What I see is a team that speculated throughout the tournament: the America; It was a team more defense than attack and I don’t think because of the away goal America has changed too much. That is Solari’s way of playing with or without an away goal. “
“In the other key the same thing happened with the Striped: It is not that Javier Aguirre’s team was not the most offensive, and I go more for Solari’s profile with América and with Aguirre’s profile with Rayados and throughout his career, rather than with the change of the rule. The away goal was also taken away at UEFA level, so I don’t think this has anything to do with it. And I also think that if the Liguilla has not been spectacular, it is because the tournament has not been spectacular. “
“For me it significantly impaired the show, as the ‘away goal’ fostered the idea that there would be less speculation … We saw it at the beginning of this League; I understand and even justify the Atlas, because it is a limited club, but the America it was grotesque. “
“A team of historical and passionate significance, playing with ‘fear’, defending itself, taking care of itself, does not fit in America, with or without the rule of the away goal. If in Mexico it is about giving it its place, and importance to what a club does in the regular season, it would be necessary to look for other formulas. That one did not work and it generated a mess at the beginning of a Liguilla “.