While Cruz Azul’s players and staff kept a guarded silence on the eve of the first leg of the Liga MX final, America coach Miguel Herrera was happy to take in the limelight.
His usual confident, assured and provocative self, the 45-year-old - looking for his first title as coach - has apparently seen the future.
“I’m sure, I’ve seen it, we’re going to be champions,” he told the assembled press on Wednesday.
Most pundits acknowledge that the Liga MX final between the two Mexico City sides is a close one to call and Herrera, almost at odds with his outward confidence, admits with will be a hard fought affair.
“Player for player, there is no difference, they are two good, strong teams,” added Herrera.
And if Las Aguilas don’t lift the cup on Sunday in front of 100,00-plus fans in the Estadio Azteca, Herrera says it won’t be the end of the world, but it would mean he has failed to reach the season’s objective.
The America coach revealed that Adrian Aldrete and Diego Reyes – in his last games before leaving for Porto – will start in Thursday’s first leg after both recovered from niggling injuries.
Herrera added that on Monday he is due for talks with club directors about his future at the club and stated he is hoping to stay at America “for many years.”