Chivas defender Jair Pereira attacked Rubens Sambueza ahead of the Liga MX’s Clasico Nacional between Chivas and America on Sunday, indicating the America player goes to ground too easily.
“Sambueza is a player with attributes, but he doesn’t like getting touched and in that respect he does like to be a crybaby,” said Pereira on Thursday in quotes featuring prominently in many of Mexico’s sports media outlets Friday morning.
Center back Pereira also said Sambueza “liked the camera” and that the Argentina-born player’s comments earlier in the week that he would never wear a Chivas shirt don’t both him.
America coach Antonio Mohamed is under some pressure going into Mexico’s most hyped domestic match, but he attempted to reduce the significance of the rivalry, saying the most important thing about the game is winning points to move closer to the playoffs.
“Nothing is at stake for me, the team is playing to qualify,” said Mohamed in Thursday’s news conference.
Both teams come into Sunday’s game in Guadalajara on 17 points, although America has won the past two encounters between the historic rivals.
A huge security operation is in place for the game following violence last weekend in Guadalajara’s Estadio Jalisco involving Chivas fans and the police.
Tickets are expected to sell out for the 50,000-capacity stadium.