1) Alemão is proving doubters wrong – Alemão’s introduction to the Liga MX was never heralded as a major coup for Cruz Azul during the off-season. In fact, many pundits and fans criticized his arrival after Alemão had unsuccessful stints in several second-tier Brazilian clubs. But Alemão has swept aside his doubters and has played an important role in Roque Santa Cruz’s absence. The Brazilian has two goals and one assist to his name and has looked comfortable under Tena’s system.
Moreover, he is a charismatic individual off the field. Little is said about the importance of having players like Lukas Podolski and David Luiz(always smiling and joking around) in your team. They uplift the club spirit and remind the everyday fan that players are regular individuals too.
2) Tijuana have it all figured out – Tijuana were without their top-scorer, Dayro Moreno, in Friday’s game against Pumas but still managed to put up an impressive 3-0 victory at home. The border-side was overwhelmed early by the visitors, but an Alfredo Moreno goal in the 18th minute calmed all the early-game jitters.
Gabriel Hauche and Juan Arango were superb for Xolos and the addition of Joe Corona in the second half is becoming a common trend for Tijuana manager, Daniel Guzman. Corona pairs up with Guemez nicely and adds an extra layer of depth to the midfield in situations where Tijuana looks to hold on to a lead. It may be that Tijuana have found their formula to success.
3) Gustavo Matosas might want to consider playing 5 at the back – Heading into this weekend, it was unknown as to how Gustavo Matosas was going to accommodate his lineup for Carlos Darwin Quintero’s suspension. The answer was playing five defenders at the back, and the result was a stunning 5-0 victory over Chiapas. It was undoubtedly Club America’s best game since Matosas took up the helm. The Uruguayan may be thinking of making this switch a longer lasting one.
4) Jürgen Damm’s great game was long overdue – Jürgen Damm has been receiving attention ever since Chivas acknowledged their interest in acquiring the player when he was at Estudiantes Tecos. The winger certainly showed glimpses, but there was never “that” game that catapulted him to the national stage. His performance against Atlas might be the closest thing yet. Damm was superb, and Atlas had no answer for him on the right-wing.
Fitting that it happened in the stage that saw the birth of the last great Mexican winger(now turned central-midfielder), Andres Guardado. But Damm is going to need to score a couple more goals to truly fulfill expectations.
5) Chivas know it is about staying in the Liga MX – At the beginning of the season, there was a lot of optimism from Chivas fans who thought that their team was both capable of staying in the Liga MX and get far in the Liguilla. Chivas manager, Jose Manuel de la Torre, knows that the primary objective of this team is salvation. Sunday’s 0-0 draw against Veracruz was not pleasing to the eye, but a fan’s memory can be myopic. That game was the kind of game that last season Chivas would throw away. There is something weird about watching 6 million dollar signing, Isaac Brizuela, closing down spaces and working on his positioning, but for Chivas, that will do.