• Thursday Jan 25, 2018

    Club America seeks to go on the offensive

    Renato Ibarra (yellow jersey) has started each of Club America’s three games to open the 2018 Liga MX season. (Photo: Mexsport)

    MEXICO CITY -- For most clubs, an unbeaten start through the first three weeks of a season would stand as an accomplishment.

    Club America, though, is not like most clubs. The standards and expectations are high at the home of the seven-time CONCACAF champion. As a consequence, a 1W-2D-0L start to the 2018 Liga MX Clausura has ushered in a sense of urgency, with a win on Saturday against visiting Atlas (0-0-3, 0) considered essential.

    "Now there are no easy matches, all of the matches are difficult and we are going to have to work a lot to get points at home," said winger Renato Ibarra. "I think Atlas is going to come with everything and in need of points.

    "It's not only getting the points at home, but in every stadium. I think America should go out and attack home and away, and that is what we are doing."

    The Aguilas are coming off a 0-0 draw at table-topping Pumas last Sunday in which they did not finish on several valid chances. It was an issue that ailed them in last season's playoffs, going scoreless in all four matches.

    Defender Edson Alvarez stressed it was important for Club America to regain its offensive swagger.

    "I think it is going to be important to regain our play, our level," the 20-year-old he finished. "In the Pumas match, we showed good things. It was a shame that we couldn't finish. We know that on Saturday it's a tough opponent that hasn't gotten any points and will come in looking for points."

    Club America is winless in its last five home matches dating back to last year (0-3-2).

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