After 17 rounds, the play-in, quarterfinals and semifinals, we now know the two finalists: Chivas and Tigres. It's a renewal of when the two clashed for the 2017 Clausura, which resulted in a 12th title for the Rojiblancos.
Now they've reached the final after playing their biggest rivals in the semifinals. Tigres beat Monterrey in the Clásico Regio after a header from Sebastián Córdova saw them past their archrivals. For their part, Chivas came from behind and showed a lot of character in a 3-1 victory at the Estadio Azteca against América. Here's our preview of this momentous final.
First leg: May 25; Second leg: May 28
The regular season was very different for these two teams. Chivas had a great season, with some ups and downs, but always fighting for the top places in the table in Veljko Paunovic's first tournament at the helm of the club. Tigres, meanwhile, had many changes with three coaches in charge, but they closed the season very well and are coming together at the right time.
Chivas finished in third place with 34 points, the product of ten wins, four draws and three losses. They had an unbeaten streak of seven games, which was then later overshadowed by consecutive losses against Puebla and América. However, they closed the regular season in top form, with four consecutive victories. This character was seen again in the Liguilla, after drawing against Atlas and beating América to reach the final.
But the case of Tigres was very different. They started with Diego Cocca as coach, before he took charge of the Mexican national team, after which they appointed Marco Antonio Ruíz. But after losses on Matchdays 11 and 12 to América and Rayados, and a loss at home to Mazatlán, Robert Dante Siboldi took over. In the play-in, they beat Puebla, then Toluca and before dispatching Monterrey in the semifinals.