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Best XI of Liga MX Clausura Week 3

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Best XI of Liga MX Clausura Week 3

Omar Bravo's revitalized form sees him return to the Liga MX Best XI.

Now that Week 3 of the Liga MX Clausura season is over, it's evident that the kinks of the first two weeks have shaken out and contenders are beginning to emerge. Players are finding their grooves or sliding into slumps. With that, here are the Best XI of this past week in Clausura action:

Jesus Corona, GK, Cruz Azul: While most attention in the early going of this Clausura season has focused on the relegation woes of Chivas or the surprising scoring slump of Club America, Cruz Azul have quietly...

 By David Amoyal

Cuadrado, Costa, Salah, Osvaldo and Zaza -- rating the rumours

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti weighs in on the latest transfer news and rumours in January's window.
Roma boss Rudi Garcia insists he is not thinking about potential transfer targets before his side take on Fiorentina, despite the Italians being linked with Chelsea's Mohamed Salah.

Juan Cuadrado or Douglas Costa to Chelsea

How likely is a move? 30 percent

Chelsea met with Cuadrado's agent Alessandro Lucci to see if there are conditions for a deal. The Colombian winger has a 35 million euro exit clause, but Chelsea don't appear willing to pay that full amount. Fiorentina have shown interest in Mohamed Salah, so it's possible the Egyptian winger is included in any deal.

Douglas Costa, 24, has been with Shakhtar since 2010.

As an alternative, Chelsea are pursuing Shakhtar's Douglas Costa. The Brazilian would cost about the same...

Real Madrid 'crisis' talk is overblown,
plus: Mourinho stung by his own words

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti breaks down the latest action throughout La Liga, where Real Madrid remain atop the league but may be without Cristiano Ronaldo in the Madrid derby following his red card against Cordoba.

According to Spanish daily newspaper Marca, Real Madrid are at DEFCON 2.

On the surface, it might seem a bit excessive given that they are still top of La Liga with a game in hand. But there are a number of fires to put out, despite the 2-1 away win to Cordoba, which was arguably as bad a performance as Madrid have displayed this season.

Cordoba, two points above the drop zone, are (on paper) one of those designated punching bags La Liga's critics like to highlight. Their team is stuffed with...

Draw at Fiorentina demonstrates Roma's season-long woes

ESPN FC's Ross Dyer expounds upon the implications of Fiorentina and Roma's 1-1 draw.

Roma are stuck in a rut. Rather than use their visit to an aspirational Fiorentina side to break free, they slumped to a 1-1 draw in which they looked like the inferior team for long stretches and in doing so raised far more questions than answers. The greatest problems facing the Romans at present are fourfold:

Predictable Roma

Roma have drawn four of their last five matches in Serie A, all of them in the same exact manner. The opponent scores in the first half, Rudi Garcia's men respond in kind...

Five lessons learned in Liga MX Clausura Week 3

Santos Laguna got their Clausura season off the mark with a 4-1 drubbing of Monterrey on Friday.

The third week of Liga MX Clausura action has passed, and with that has come some insight into America's reign at the top, the effects of offseason moves and the rise of a relegation favorite.

1. America not doing Chivas any favors

Even though a win over relegation-threatened Puebla would have helped Club America move up the Liga MX table, the Aguilas somehow couldn't turn their sizable possession advantage into a single goal. The match finished in a scoreless draw, with Puebla earning a precious...

 By Tim Vickery

Juan Roman Riquelme: The master of his art will be missed by Argentina

The ESPN FC team reflect back on Juan Roman Riquelme's storied career and the crew is forced to pick which was the best professional footballer.

Towards the end of 2001, a tribute match for Argentine legend Diego Maradona was staged at Boca Juniors' famous stadium, La Bombonera, in Buenos Aires. The spectators included then-Argentina national team coach Marcelo Bielsa, who was roundly booed. However, the fans' ire had nothing to do with any falling out between Bielsa and Maradona, but rather the fact that the coach had no place in his team for Juan Roman Riquelme, the playmaker and idol of the Boca side of the time -- who announced his retirement...