La maquina cementera has rolled over their competition in
the last seven games with the only blemish being a 0-0 against Monterrey in
week 1. Since then, the Azulinos have
left a trail of goals that put them at the top of the league table in the
Clausura 2014. However, this week they
face their toughest opponent to date, Toluca FC.
Cruz Azul will host the "Red Devils" at the Azul Stadium on
Saturday, Mar. 1, 2014 in week 9. Toluca are just three points behind the maquina and are on a three game winning
streak. The chorizeros’ last victim was
Chivas de Guadalajara. Despite the win,
it was a tough contest with both teams playing to 0-0 until the 89th
minute when Isaac Brizuela put Toluca ahead 1-0 at the Nemesio Diez Stadium.
The Azulinos will be hosting at the Azul where they have won
their three games so far this season outscoring their opponents 7-1. They have not conceded a goal on home turf
since week 2. In week 8 Cruz Azul
destroyed Queretaro FC 3-1, team that was going through a good pace at the time
of the game.
Queretaro managed to put the ball in the net first, but gave
up three by the end. Once the maquina
cementera gained momentum, they were unstoppable and dominated the game. Once they get rolling, it seems there is nothing to stop Coach
Luis Fernando Tena’s players on the pitch.
Mauro Formica and Marco Fabian are firing on all cylinders, with Cristian “Chaco” Gimenez starting to get more minutes on the field. Cruz Azul can also welcome the fact that Peru 2005 U-17
champion Pablo Barrera is recovering well and should be back to training with
the first squad at the La Noria training grounds in the next couple of
days. These players make a difference on
the field and their full incorporation will give Cruz Azul a bigger advantage
over their opponents.
Toluca are impressing with Paraguayan Pablo Velasquez on
attack. The chorizeros striker is currently
in the second position in the goal scoring table. Despite this lead, he was not successful in
scoring against Chivas’ defense last game which means that a tough marker could
keep him from getting through. The Cruz
Azul defense will have to be on the lookout for a counter-attack from the speedy
The game is the most attractive of the week with both teams
well ahead of their closest rivals.
Toluca has a 5 point lead over Pumas UNAM. A loss by either team would really not change
the leaderboard. However, a surprise loss by the Azulinos could have the chorizeros jump over them to take over at the top La
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