2015 Liga MX Clausura: Five Conclusions from Week 13

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By Rafael

1) Chivas have finally turned it around.

You have to give credit where credit is due. It is no longer a question of relegation, Chivas fans are dreaming of a title run. After their 1-0 victory over Leon, Chivas are the top of the league table. The praise shouldn’t stop at just Jose Manuel de la Torre, every single individual inside Chivas’ lineup from Carlos Salcedo to Israel Castro have put massive performances and deserve every bit of credit.

Moreover, Chivas look like one of the only teams in the league with the backbone necessary to be protagonist in the Liguilla. Those Chivas fans who said they would be fighting for the league title at the beginning of the season aren’t looking very crazy right about now.

2) Tijuana aren’t very hot anymore.  

Tijuana suffered their third successive defeat in Friday’s 3-1 loss to Queretaro. A few weeks ago, Xolos was the hottest team in the Liga MX, sitting comfortably at the top of the table. Now the team from the border are flirting dangerously with a monumental collapse in form.

Still, Daniel Guzman’s men sit in third in the league-table, and their goal differential is sure to help at end of the season. In addition, Juan Arango is due back from his biting incident after next week’s match.

Nonetheless, they face a complicated end to the campaign and nobody likes to go into the Liguilla as the team with a negative streak.

3) Dorlan Pabon is regaining his goal-scoring touch.

Perhaps Edwin Cardona’s play after Antonio Mohamed’s arrival to Monterrey has overshadowed Dorlan Pabon’s small goal-scoring streak for Rayados. Pabon struck a long-distance rocket in the 16th minute to open the scoring against America on Saturday, and the former Valencia striker has now recorded four goals in his last three games.

As for all the story-lines regarding Antonio Mohamed’s first game against his former employers, there was no visible drama, but Mohamed was sent off for complaining and will miss the Clasico Regiomontano next week. Pabon, however, will be there, and will continue to play an important part in Monterrey’s late push for the liguilla.

4) Late own goal could seal Puebla’s relegation faith.

It is like something out of any soccer player’s worst nightmares. Puebla was making visible strides in their bid to stay in the Liga MX by defeating relegation-rivals Leones Negros, but in the closing stages of the game, Luis Gabriel Rey headed the ball into his own net to give Leones Negros a 1-1 draw.

One can only imagine what is going through Rey’s head right now, but with four matches to play, Puebla look like a certain bet to be relegated.

5) Inconsistency still reigns in the Liga MX.

There aren’t many leagues where you can lose three straight games and still have a viable chance of winning the league-title. The current state of the table speaks of the competitiveness inside the league, with only three points separating 6th-place from 15th.

But in truth, a lot of it has to do with a lack of consistency. If you believe in the law of averages, Pumas was long overdue for a defeat after winning four consecutive games. Then you have the majority of the league that does really well at home, but drops a significant amount of points away from their own ground. It all sets up the end of the season nicely, but it begs to ask questions sometimes.

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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.