The blue cross faces monarchs at the start of date 17
Five teams will compete for the final three tickets to be set for the championship title for the MX Apertura League tournament, which will take place on the last date of the regular calendar.
After 16 dates, Cruz Azul, América, Pumas, Santos and Monterrey have their safe places for the final phase that starts next week. Tigres, Toluca, Morelia, Pachuca and Queretaro are the five living.
Morelia, eighth with 25 points, is the owner of his fate and will advance to the championship if he defeats Cruz Azul leader tonight in the first match of the date.
Tigres and Toluca also control their course. Both would qualify if they received draws.
The Machine, which has qualified for a few weeks, scores the pace with 33 points and a draw is enough to tie first place, allowing you to close all matches back home.
The Cruz Azul can lose the top if they suffer a defeat and America beat Veracruz on Saturday at the Nemesio Diez stadium in Toluca that will be their alternative home, while the damaged Aztec court receives special treatment to be used in the league.
Despite having the power to classify the league as the leader of the competition, Portugal's Pedro Caixinha says he is not obsessed with finishing first.
"In this club there is no obsession, there is nothing more, an illusion, a great illusion to face the commitments and challenges that we have from the beginning. We give a lot of courage to get here," said the Portuguese at a press conference.
The European was presented with a joy evident in his face and also in his words, saying that "we know that we spend 70 percent of the tournament in the first position and only depend on us to finish first (the classification)."
The machine visits Morelia at the close of the regular season of the opening tournament of the MX8 League and must win to crown an extraordinary campaign never seen in recent tournaments.
The strategist wants a successful closing of the campaign, because the tie is not enough, and the institution has the habit to triumph. "With this illusion and ambition to win, we want to finish first."
Then he reiterated further positions: "It does not obsess us or intimidate us than the super-leader's superstition says. For us, nothing else proves we are the more regular team."
The curse of the superlider makes reference to that most of the times, who goes to the head in the general table is not the champion of the contest.
Regarding the bad state of the Azteca stadium, he explained that if he played the quarter-final on Saturday, the team would recognize the surface.