Keys to Victory - Cruz Azul vs Monterrey


By Anthony Garcia

Tonight Cruz Azul will look to use their home field advantage at Estadio Azteca to propel them to the final. They will need more than a raucous crowd to defeat the team from Monterrey. Here are my keys to victory for each team in the rubber match of this series.

Cruz Azul

  • Win the time of possession battle. Cruz Azul has to force the Monterrey’s midfielders to move up and wear them out.

  • Counter off corner and free kicks. Once Corona gets the ball, they need to catch Nico Sanchez out of position and exploit it.


  • Pick up where they left off. They need to continue their work against Elias Hernandez. Cruz Azul has a limited number of creative players outside of Hernandez. If Rayados takes the lead and takes Elias out of the game, Cruz Azul will have a hard time catching up.

  • Continue the defensive midfield effort. Funis Mori is playing well alone up top. Continue to give him the freedom to express himself. Midfield needs to defend and attack as one.

Anthony Garcia is the lead soccer analyst of the El Three Podcast. He lives for the game and is unafraid to share his passion with anyone bold enough to listen.