The America manager did not mince words when speaking about his club's greatest rival ahead of their showdown on Saturday.The war of words ahead of Saturday’s Clasico Nacional between America and Chivas heated up on Friday, with Las Aguilas coach Miguel Herrera telling Jorge Vergara exactly what he thinks the Chivas owner should be worrying about.
“What should be frightening Vergara is the relegation table,” bluntly stated Herrera, in reference to Chivas being down in 14th in the Liga MX relegation league.
Herrera was reacting to Vergara telling media in Guadalajara on Thursday that reigning Mexican champion America – despite the 20-point difference in the Liga MX table – wouldn’t scare him or Chivas “even if it was Halloween.”
The fiery Herrera went on to suggest that Chivas have a lot to gain and little to lose inside Estadio Azteca, with America heavy favorite, although Las Aguilas’ coach isn’t lacking confidence.
“I’d tell Vergara that it is sure that we will win,” said Herrera in his pregame press conference, adding that America fans will be getting Chivas fans to pay up bets come Sunday.
America is currently in first place in the Liga MX, six points clear of second-placed Leon with a game in hand, but despite the domination in the Apertura, Herrera is sure his players will be pumped up for Mexico’s most important game.
“The current America players feel the shirt and will kill themselves in order to get the result (on Saturday),” he said.
Finally, Herrera named his team a day ahead of the game. America will line up with Moises Munoz, Paul Aguilar, Juan Carlos Valenzuela, Francisco Rodriguez, Miguel Layun, Juan Carlos Media, Rubens Sambueza, Raul Jimenez and Luis Gabriel Rey.
Chivas arrive in Mexico City Friday afternoon ahead of Saturday’s 6:00 p.m. ET kick off in front of an expected crowd of over 90,000.