Monterrey Vs. Pumas UNAM, 2011 Liguilla: Key Absences Could Prove Too Much For Monterrey - FMF State Of Mind

Monterrey are on the tips of everyone's tongues these days thanks to their success in the CONCACAF Champions League final, triumphing over MLS side Real Salt Lake. However, despite the noise being made about Monterrey in the media (and the presence of Chilaean great Humberto Suazo), they're not actually that good a team for the FMF, and they're certainly not favourites in their match against Pumas UNAM in their playoff tie.

According to Kevin McCauley at SB Nation's Mexican futbol site FMF State of Mind, the absence of two key players could make this just too great a task for Monterrey:

Monterrey's absences are massive and Pumas should have a serious advantage as a result. Jesus Zavala will miss out on the first leg due to suspension, while Luis Perez and Aldo de Nigris will be out due to injury. The former two absences are particularly concerning, as they put a lot of stress on the potential starting central midfielders for Monterrey.

Pumas are a very good side and furthermore they're in good form and well rested -  the CCL Champions will likely have a very tough time even on the home leg. On the plus side, the two sides should be closely enough matched at the Estadio Technologico to give us a close, tense game.

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