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Gorriarán: “Playing Chivas is no different from playing any other team”

Having a squad purely of Mexican players, like Guadalajara, doesn’t bring any special advantage, says Tigres midfielder Fernando Gorriarán.

Mario Guerrero

Fernando Gorriarán feels that having purely Mexican players in their tanks doesn’t make Guadalajara particularly special - on the contrary, the Tigres midfielder sees their Liga MX final opponents as no different from any of the other of the rivals he has played against during the Clausura 2023. The Uruguayan, a former Santos Laguna player, is anticipating his first final in Mexican football. He arrived in Mexico ahead the Apertura 2019, just a couple of months after current Tigres coach Robert Dante Siboldi had led the Guerreros to victory in that year’s Clausura tournament with a side comprised of mostly foreign players.

“Chivas will be feeling confident”

“Playing against Chivas is the same as playing against any other team. They are a great side, an important club, and they have had it tough to get to the final having a Clásico in the semis. They will be full of confidence but we will focus on doing our job. It’s been a complicated series of games in which the team has responded brilliantly. We have everyone fit which means we will be able to field our strongest side and have alternatives which is positive for the coaching staff. I’m sure Robert will select the best side to face Chivas,” Gorriarán told reporters during the club’s Media Day ahead of the Clausura 2023 final with the first leg at Estadio Universitario on Thursday and the return at the Akron on Sunday.


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