Maybe October will be better.
That’s what Club Tijuana is hoping after the Xolos failed to get a win in their final five matches in September.
The month the rock band Green Day was eager to bid farewell won’t be missed by the club, which returned from the international break and secured a 2-1 win against Chivas on September 11, but hasn’t won since.
After falling to Toluca midweek, the team doesn’t have to wait long to bounce back, staying on the road to face Queretaro tonight. It’s a match both clubs will be eager to get three points from. Queretaro, the last tournament’s runner-up, sits 15th with 12 points while Xolos are in 12th just a point above.
As it tends to do, the Liga MX playoff picture has become pretty obscure. Tijuana is three points back from the eighth position that represents the final playoff spot with six matches left. That makes Friday could play an important role for the club’s postseason hopes.
“There are six matches left, by winning we could be in the playoff places,” center back Leiton Jimenez said in a club news release. “In the Liguilla everybody fights hand to hand, it’s the assignment we all have, to go out and play today and every day going forward that ever match is a final and try to get points starting with Queretaro.”
Tijuana continued a bad policy Tuesday it hopes doesn’t turn into a habit. After gifting Chiapas with a stoppage-time penalty, Tijuana was level with Toluca in the second half but ended up falling 4-1 after three late goals from the Red Devils put Tijuana away.
Ruben Romano will hope his team is more resolute down the stretch against the struggling Gallos Blancos.
Francisco Silva could give the Xolos a boost and return from his one-match suspension after being sent off in the contest against Jaguares.