Pumas News: Andrs Lillini, the ‘unexpected’ coach who changed the face of Pumas

Lyou UNAM Cougars are very close to achieving ticket to his first Club World Cup. The team from Pedregal advanced to the final of the Concacaf Champions League thanks to the advantage they gained at home in the first leg of the semifinals against Cruz Azul, a team that they loved. they have taken the measure in eliminatory instances.

The auriazul club is waiting to find out the rival it will have in the final and that will come out of tonight’s confrontation between New York City FC and Seattle Sounders of the MLS, so in addition to seeking their pass to the Club World Cup they will also They will have in their hands to continue dominating Liga MX in the Concachampions.

Pumas celebrate their pass to the Concachampions final

After little more than a decade, the Pumas return to a Concacaf final and they do it with the help of Andrs Lillini, the strategist who came from ’emergency’ to take the technical direction on an interim basis in the Apertura 2020 after the surprise exit of the Spaniard Mchel, who left the club a few days before the start of the tournament for “personal reasons”.

Lillini’s arrival in the first team two years ago left the fans uncertain about the direction the club would take, however, to the surprise of many, the former head of the basic forces of Pumas had a great tournament in which managed to qualify directly to the quarterfinals after placing second of the classification with 32 units.

In said tournament, the Pumas beat Pachuca in the quarterfinals and in the semifinals they ran into Cruz Azul. The going was a 4-0 in favor of The Machine, a result that fell like a bucket of cold water for the feline group and its fans; the options of a comeback seemed very complicated, however, in the second leg in CU and before his people, those of the UNAM took out the claws to get a 4-0 and thus equalize the global and by position in the table they were installed in the grand final.


Vign celebrates after scoring the goal that gave them the pass to the final in the AP2020imago7

With high spirits and renewed enthusiasm, the Pumas faced León in the battle for the title, although the emeralds ended up crowned with a 3-1 aggregate. By this time, Lillini had already been renewed for two years given the great result in his first tournament.

By the following season, the varsity fell apart and they did not even manage to enter the playoff positions they finished in fifteenth place with only 18 units, which undoubtedly generated a lot of criticism for the coaching staff.

However, in the Apertura 2021 they vindicated themselves before their fans, because although they had to enter the Liguilla through the playoffs, in the quarterfinals they eliminated the bitter rival, America and installed in the semifinals where despite drawing 1-1 on aggregate against Atlas, they were left out of a new final for the position in the table that this time benefited the Rojinegros.

In the current tournament, those led by Lillini started with two goals but later fell apart and now they are fighting to finish in playoff positions, since their energies are focused on playing a historic role in the Concachampionsa tournament that they have yet to win.

Lillini giving directions to her players

Lillini giving directions to her playersimago7

After almost two years at the helm of Pumas, Lillini’s hand has been noticed, since the auriazul team has recovered the claw that had not been seen for a long time, in addition to the fact that given his past in the quarry, he has also given opportunity to young talent to show himself in the first team and without a doubt he has returned to the felines to leading planes.

The Lillini’s contract with Pumas ends this year, however, the board seems to be happy with his job and there has even been talk that they could offer him a renewal for another two years.