1) Chivas can win the double.
Lots was said about the possibility of a Chivas relegation in the beginning of the season, but after Puebla’s 1-0 defeat to Atlas, Chivas are officially out of relegation trouble for the remainder of the season.
On Friday, Jose Manuel de la Torre’s men settled for a hard fought point against Tijuana and successfully retained their spot at the top of the table. Barring any major collapses, Chivas is sure to be in the Liguilla, where they have enough substance in all their lines to do something special.
Before that, they will take part in the Copa MX final on Tuesday against Puebla. Chivas are favorites to win, and the Copa MX trophy may be a nice prize for the fans who stuck through the tough times.
2) Cuauhtemoc Blanco’s storied career will never be forgotten.
Cuauhtemoc Blanco said goodbye to his professional career inside the Liga MX with a 1-0 defeat to Atlas. Blanco has one more game to play in the Copa MX final before he officially retires to launch his career as a politician. With Puebla on the brink of relegation, it is an odd way for one of Mexico’s greatest players to go out.
Nevertheless, the situation his current club is going through should not diminish the accolades Blanco obtained during his superb career. Regardless of the final result in the Copa MX final, Blanco will be applauded and remembered for years to come.
3) Ronaldinho had his best game with Queretaro.
Ronaldinho came in as a second-half substitute for Queretaro and scored twice to secure a dominant 4-0 victory against Club America at the Estadio Azteca. There were murmurs of a potential Ronaldinho retirement before the game, but his performance on Saturday demonstrated that still has some gas left in the tank.
A lot of the credit has to go to Victor Manuel Vucetich, who has made the best out of this Queretaro team since arriving in February. With Queretaro currently holding the last and final Liguilla spot, watching Ronaldinho play in late May is not looking like an impossible task.
4) Teams are finding ways to expose Club America.
On the other side of Ronaldinho’s stellar performance at the Estadio Azteca is Club America’s disappointing defeat. The champions lost their second game at home in this Clausura, and teams continue to find ways to expose Gustavo Matosas’ men. While Queretaro’s first goal came in an unavoidable circumstance, Las Aguilas keep demonstrating a certain level of fragility when defending the breakaway.
On Wednesday, Club America face the Montreal Impact in the first-leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final, and Montreal’s coaching staff is looking at the game-tape with a bit more enthusiasm now.
5) It will be a regular season ending with small margins.
There is only three weeks remaining in the regular season, and nobody has a guaranteed place in the Liguilla. Despite recent negative results, teams like Cruz Azul and Tijuana are still temporarily riding high in the top-part of the table, and there are teams like Queretaro and Pumas prying for a chance at the final spots.
Meanwhile, you have teams like Toluca and Atlas who have been lingering at the edge for quite a while now. There is plenty of time for one team to have a major collapse, and even time for a team from the bottom-half of the table to make a miraculous appearance in the Liguilla. The difference may be as simple as goal-differential, and one can only hope the excitement transfers into the Liguilla.