Patience has never been América’s most particular feature. On the other hand, a powerful sense of pride is what sets the road map for their decisions.
To put it bluntly: América are a team guided by passion, not reason.
The uneven progress of the season, the often lackluster play, the absence of perhaps not showmanship, but of joy and commitment, and the ever-present ghost of Miguel Herrera have all brought on a kind of despair. América are not considering any changes in their coaching staff until the end of the Torneo Clausura, but what happens during this part of the tournament could set the stage for future decisions.
And, Sunday in, Sunday out, América will face tests of passion: two clásicos drenched in history against Chivas and then Cruz Azul that could establish a “before” and an “after” for manager Antonio Mohamed. The continuation of this era depends on winning or losing. Even at the top, Club América are guided by passion, not reason.
Mohamed knows this very well. You can see it in his face, in the way he speaks, and in the manner he assumes responsibility for what the team will face. And it's not that “El Turco” is desperate, but he is concerned. Because the team has entered its tightest phase in this stage of the season.
The rivalries with Chivas and Cruz Azul could also serve to gauge the true size of this América team in a short tournament. What is at stake is also the passion for the game, not just the score on the board.
América know that this is not its greatest moment, that some of its most emblematic players have not played up to par, that the group has yet to adapt to the manager's style, but it also knows that convincing wins in the clásicos are a means of salvation.
Mohamed is playing for his future next week, because América are a club guided by passion, not reason.