The Ricardo Ferretti era will officially begin for Juárez on Friday when Los Bravos open their 2021 Apertura campaign at home to one of Tuca’s former employers, Toluca. Juárez came up short by a single point in their search of a playoff spot in last year’s Apertura, while Toluca hope to make the competition’s postseason phase for the first time since 2018.
What TV Channel is Juárez-Toluca on?
Ferretti’s first Liga MX game calling the shots in Juárez will be available to watch via TUDN, but will Toluca rain on their former chief’s parade early doors? You can live stream Liga MX matches on fuboTV.
How to Watch Juárez vs. Toluca
When: Friday, July 23
Where: Estadio Olimpico Benito Juárez, Juárez, Mexico
Time: 10 p.m. ET
TV Info: TUDN
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
As one of only two tacticians with 1,000 matches of Liga MX managerial experience under his belt, Ferretti brings nothing if not experience to the Estadio Olimpico Benito Juárez. Tuca will hope to bring success to the border town as they target a maiden playoff spot in what will be only their third year playing among Mexico’s top flight.
One year prior to Ferretti ending his third stint with Tigres, president Miguel Angel Garza—the man who helped bring the club five league titles in the past decade—took his leave of UANL. Reuniting that pair in Juárez has the potential to be a masterstroke in the long run, but all eyes will be on Friday’s league-opening fixture as the real work gets underway:
The last three meetings between these teams have been tetchy encounters comprising one goal apiece, with Juárez emerging on the winning side each time. And it’s been barely two weeks since the Braves celebrated the most recent of those in a pre-season friendly result, stirring encouragement of a repeat on home soil this weekend.
Toluca finished 11th in both last year’s Apertura and Clausura campaigns to make the play-in round of the postseason, and it just so happened to be Ferretti’s Tigres that eliminated them from the former. Los Diablos Rojos saw their 2021 Clausura end in the quarter-finals at the hands of eventual champions Cruz Azul, but not before Hernan Cristante’s sealed a 2-1 first-leg surprise win:
That result meant Toluca were one of only three teams in Liga MX to defeat the title-winners during their championship run, not to mention the only side to beat Cruz Azul in their last 26 competitive games. Cristante has completed several signings of note this offseason, but perhaps most promising is Paraguay winger Braian Samudio, who will reinforce their attacking options after leaving Turkish club Çaykur Rizespor. Ferretti’s first summer in Juárez saw his side go unbeaten in friendlies against Toluca (1-0) and Cruz Azul (1-1), though the pre-season barometer can often be unreliable when it comes to assessing one’s competitive prospects.