Pumas' Abraham Gonzalez (pictured) celebrates after scoring against visiting Atlas in a Liga MX Apertura match on September 21, 2016, in Mexico City. (Photo: Mexsport)
MEXICO CITY – Pumas (5-2-3, 17 points) will look to consolidate its position in the top four of the 2016 Liga MX Apertura table on Saturday night, when it visits Mexico City-rival Club America (4-3-3, 15).
The encounter has significance for both sides.
Fourth-place UNAM is winless on the road his season (0-2-3), including three straight loss, while it will be sixth-place Club America’s first match under leadership of new head coach Ricardo La Volpe. The 64-year-old Argentinean was named as Ignacio Ambriz’s replacement Thursday.
“We are not scared at all,” said Pumas’ midfielder Abraham Gonzalez. “At Pumas, we are showing that we can fight against any opponent, and with that we go to win the three points. America, for what I know, is one of Mexico’s big teams that has a lot of titles, a very good roster. Above all, offensively, their players are very dynamic and we should be careful with that.”
It will be Gonzalez’s first-ever match against the Aguilas, after joining Pumas in the offseason from Spanish La Liga side Espanyol. He featured in a fair share of derbies against Barcelona and is looking forward to tasting one in Mexico.
“Since I arrived they told me that the ‘Clásico’ was against América,” the 31-year-old remarked. “They are usually very even and very intense matches, and the key to taking three points is avoiding errors. It's a ‘Clásico’ and in a ‘Clásico’ it doesn’t matter how either of the two teams come into the match because they start from zero. The two teams have to give everything because they are different matches. We will go looking for the win for sure.”
In 138 official matches between them, Club America holds a 49-35 advantage in wins over Pumas.