What Crew Fans Need to Know About CONCACAF Champions Cup Opponent Tigres – HUGE REPORT – Neefina – Latest News Today | Latest News USA

Tigres UANL is a team that the Columbus Crew must respect.

The reigning MLS champions face the Liga MX side in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday, as the Black & Gold aim for a place in the semifinals for the first time ever.

It won’t be an easy task for Columbus. Tigres is a strong and respectable team with a following that will likely make Field sound more like the Estadio Universitario. The Mexican team, which won the Champions League in 2020, is one of the most dominant teams south of the US border and features star players with plenty of international experience.

By analyzing the last games, the position in Liga MX and the key players, it is possible to better understand the next team’s opponent.

Current position in Liga MX

Tigres is currently playing in the 2024 domestic Clausura tournament, where they are in fourth place with 24 points out of a possible 39, behind Club Améica, Monterrey and Toluca. Monterrey and América are tied for first place in the Liga MX table and have a four-point lead over Tigres.

After 13 games played, Tigres has a positive record of 7-3-3. All three losses came against the top five teams. America, Toluca and Cruz Azul defeated Tigres in evenly matched games decided by details.

Historically, Tigres is one of the strongest teams in Liga MX. Los Auriazules have eight titles, the fifth most in Mexico. Last year, in the Apertura 2023, Tigres took third place.

The last five games

Tigres lost two of the team’s last five games in Liga MX, but have rattled off three straight wins in all competitions, including a crucial 4-2 win over Orlando City SC in the final round of the Champions Cup.

Toluca dominated Tigres in a 2-1 win in March with great possession and ball control leading to scoring opportunities. The opponent plays a similar attacking system to the Black & Gold’s Wilfried Nancy, which could be an advantage for Columbus in this series, especially at home.

America recently defeated the Tigers 2-0 in an unusual game. Tigres had control of the game but lacked effectiveness. America lacked possession and accuracy, but scored two of three shots on goal.

Star players and lineup

Tigres head coach Robert Dante Siboldi usually sets up his team in a 4-5-1 formation, with key players in central positions.

Juan Brunetta

The 26-year-old Argentine midfielder, who has just moved to Tigres, is the creative mind of the team and the chemistry between striker André-Pierre Gignac and him is excellent. In just 12 games in Liga MX, Brunetta has already scored six goals and assists.

Andre Pierre Gignac

The 38-year-old French striker has been with Tigres for almost 10 years. The France international has scored 204 goals since his arrival in 2015. A total of 342 goals were scored over the course of his career in the French national team, in Europe and with Tigres.

The Crew hosts Tigres for the first leg on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. ET. The return leg will take place on April 9 in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, with kick-off at 8:15 p.m. ET.

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