The Liga MX is finally back in full swing. Here are five conclusions from week 1.
1) Monarcas Morelia improved – Monarcas Morelia finished last in the Apertura 2014 playing some truly woeful football. This season they started their campaign with a scoreless draw against Toluca but they showed glimpses of a team capable of winning games. During the off-season, Morelia appointed Alfredo Tena as manager and brought in several new players. The changes look to have been positive.
2) The reigning champions look good – Gustavo Matosas has officially arrived at Club America, and any adaptation period seems like a thing of fiction. We already knew that the Uruguayan has a knack of managing teams that both score a lot of goals and get scored on a lot, but that’s the part that makes his teams exciting.
In addition, Oribe Peralta was in a scoring mood, and Carlos Darwin Quintero and Dario Benedetto looked particularly impressive. Perhaps the only thing missing from America’s 3-2 victory was solidity in the midfield, but Pellerano is due back from suspension next Friday. Club America fans are living in exciting times.
3) Tijuana continue to struggle – When Xolos won the title in 2012 with Antonio Mohamed, it seemed like everything was going their way. Mohamed then led the team through an exciting Copa Libertadores run where they fell short to the eventual champions. But life post-Mohamed has been a struggle. At the end of last season, current manager, Daniel Guzman, didn’t finish consolidating his style of play with the team, and this season didn’t start the way he probably wanted to, losing 2-1 to Puebla. Next Friday can be the perfect game to quiet down the skeptics when they face the champions, Club America.
4) Roque Santa Cruz still has it – Roque Santa Cruz played 83 minutes in his debut for Cruz Azul, snatching up and assist in the process. It wasn’t just the assist, however, Santa Cruz looked lively all game for Cruz Azul. His quality was evident, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him score a couple goals this season.
5) Pressure is on Chivas now – A lot of the headlines of this weekend will center around the fact that Chivas is now officially last in the relegation table; Veracruz, Puebla, and Leones Negros all won their respective games this week while Chivas lost theirs. Fact of the matter is there is 16 games more to go and anything can happen. Will Chivas crack under the pressure?