Atlas will have a chance to end a run without a top flight league title that stretches all the way back to 1968.
Monarcas Morelia goes into the one-game cup final as the heavy favorite, with the Michoacan club in seventh in the Liga MX, compared to Atlas – which was forced to play on Sunday at altitude in Toluca.
“It is a final, it is all or nothing,” said Morelia ‘keeper Federico Villar in quotes published in Excelsior. “We have to give everything to become a small part of the history of the club.”
Morelia has just the Invierno 2001 league title to its names in terms of major trophies, meaning the Copa MX has huge significance to the fans of both clubs.
For Atlas captain Leandro Cufre, there is no clear favorite.
“It’s a final of 90 minutes in which we will try to play good football,” he told the same outlet. “It’s a final, they are different kinds of games and there is no favorite.”
The winner of Tuesday’s clash (10 p.m. ET) will play the winner of next season’s cup competition for a place in the 2015 edition of the Copa Libertadores.