1) Morelia’s problems look without a solution.
Leones Negros and Puebla fans must be wondering why they are the ones fighting for survival when Morelia have been the worst team in Mexico for the past year. On Friday, Morelia suffered their eighth defeat of the season in a 1-0 loss to Santos Laguna.
There are murmurs that in the case of relegation, Puebla may be interested in purchasing the Morelia franchise as a last bid to stay in the top-tier of Mexican soccer. The problem, however, is that with every defeat, Morelia is facing severe relegation issues in 2016. Their play is woeful, and the soccer situation in Michoacan is becoming a sad affair.
2) Pressure off Club America’s Matosas for now.
Club America took home the Clasico Joven on Saturday evening by defeating Cruz Azul 1-0 at the Estadio Azteca. The victory gave Club America manager, Gustavo Matosas, some breathing room, but America continued to look vulnerable at times. In specific, Las Aguilas looked susceptible on the break.
Cruz Azul really missed Joao Rojas on the counter, and it would have been a different story for America against a team with greater speed. Nonetheless, the victory was well deserved for the champions, and now they look forward to the second-leg of their CONCACAF Champions League semifinal against Herediano.
3) Pumas and Monterrey are well inside the Liguilla frame.
At least a handful of people shrugged off Pumas’ and Monterrey’s chances of making the Liguilla a few weeks ago. A decline in form in teams like Atlas, Puebla, and Chiapas have opened things up at the top-half of the table, and both sides now look like teams with a chance to be part of the Liguilla come May.
For Monterrey, Antonio Mohamed deserves much credit for doing his best to turn around the team that nobody gave a chance following a frail start to their season. On the other hand, Pumas have won four consecutive games after losing four straight. It looks like it will be another interesting end to the regular season.
4) Juan Antonio Pizzi’s struggles with Leon continue.
Leon may be in a transitional phase, but conceding a combined ten goals in two matches doesn’t sound very good. Leon played to a thrilling 5-4 defeat to Queretaro in their own stadium, and the team from Guanajuato has looked woeful under Juan Antonio Pizzi, only showing flashes here and there. Upper management made it very clear at the beginning of the season that Leon was a work in progress, but one wonders how much patience they will have with the former Valencia manager.
5) There was lots of goals this week.
In total, there was 31 goals scored this weekend. If you are wondering, it was the highest scoring week of this 2015 Clausura. The highlight of the week was the 5-4 match between Leon and Queretaro, but there was also some really good matches like Tijuana vs. Monterrey and Chiapas vs. Pachuca. Likewise, the Clasico Tapatio between Atlas and Chivas, which ended 1-1, was also a particularly entertaining affair. It looks like the international break did good for the Liga MX, and with five weeks to go, one can only hope we get something similar down the line.