2015 Liga MX Clausura: Five Conclusions from Week 11

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By Rafael

1) Veracruz bounced back by demolishing Matosas’ America.

Last week’s 3-1 loss to Tijuana was the first defeat Carlos Reinoso’s men suffered in the 2015 Clausura, and at least on paper, this week’s game against Club America looked like was going to be another difficult game. The reality was much different, and Veracruz executed their game plan to perfection by defeating Las Aguilas 4-0.

Last week, Daniel Villalva’s second-half injury was dealt a heavy blow against Tijuana, but on Friday, a healthy Villalva was once again the one pulling the strings in the Veracruz attack. Despite being in second, to say Veracruz is the best team in Mexico wouldn’t sound too far-fetched. On the other hand, rumors are beginning to make the rounds about Gustavo Matosas’ continuity with Club America. The club sit in a respectable 5th, but after receiving seven goals in two matches, the pressure is starting to pile up in Coapa.

2) Monterrey’s Colombian contingency responds with goals.

Lots was said about the high-quality Colombian players that arrived to Monterrey during the off-season. After a disappointing start under Carlos Barra, Antonio Mohamed has done his best to turn around the team. Their 5-1 victory on Saturday may be their best performance under Mohamed yet. In addition, Monterrey’s highly talked about Colombian players finally responded with goals. Edwin Cardona has been sensational under Mohamed, and Dorlan Pabon scored a brace on Saturday against his former manager, Juan Antonio Pizzi. Before Pabon’s brief slump, he was among one of the most exciting players in the league. If Monterrey hope to make a late push for the Liguilla, Pabon and company will need to keep scoring goals.

3) Puebla sink further at the bottom of the relegation table.

Everything pointed at it being a good afternoon in Mexico City when Puebla took the lead against Pumas after only 50 seconds. At the end it was anything but good as La Franja slipped further down the relegation table, falling 2-1 to Pumas.

The difference between Puebla and UDG to Chivas in the relegation race has been their inability to close out games in winning positions. Much has been said about Jose Manuel de la Torre’s defensive outlook, but Chivas have been able to successfully close out games in winning positions all season. Meanwhile, Puebla and UDG have suffered the opposite. The pressure meter is now pointing at Puebla with six games remaining.

4) Chivas fans are back to making noise.

On Sunday, Chivas fans responded to the teams positive string of matches and filled a large quantity of the Omnilife stadium. Chivas 1-0 win over Toluca allowed the Rebaño Sagrado to open an eight-point gap over Puebla in the relegation table, and they are currently third in the overall league table. Only one home game remains before Chivas receive Club America at the Estadio Omnilife. Assuming the support keeps coming in numbers, the Clasico against America is sure to be another great spectacle in the stands.

5) The international break will allow teams to reinforce objectives and/or make new ones.

The Liga MX enters the international break as teams will seek to evaluate their current form at the table and create/reinforce objectives heading into the last few weeks of the regular season. Only three points separate 16th from 8th and it is anybody’s guess who will end up with the final playoff positions as teams in the top portion of the table start facing further decline. The teams involved in relegation will also have extra time to plan out their remaining games. Many aren’t fans of the “middle-of-the-road” nature of the Liga MX, but at the end of the day, it is what makes it a fun league.

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About Rafael Diaz

Fan of good futbol. Rafa runs Mexicanfut.com when he is not busy watching Arsenal drop points away to Stoke.