Chivas No. 1, America gets Capitalino boost in Liga MX Power Rankings
Heading into the latter stages of the Liga MX 2017 Clausura, there's a sense that we could see three of Mexico's big four in the Liguilla -- Chivas, Pumas and Club America. But this season still has a lot of surprises in store for us, and the only team that looks to be on the verge of imminently securing its place in the playoffs is Chivas.
Here are our Liga MX Power Rankings after Week 11.
1. CHIVAS (no change):
Three goals in two games, including a brace in the 2-0 victory vs. Veracruz, has Alan Pulido living his best moment at Chivas since signing with the club last season. El Rebano Sagrado's defense and offense are tuned in, making it the best side to watch at present.
3. MONTERREY (+2):
Rogelio Funes Mori's brace propelled Monterrey to an easy 2-0 win against Atlas. Dorlan Pabon, one of the league's leading scorers, didn't find the back of the net, but Los Rayados' attack still looked brilliant and will only continue to improve.
4. CLUB TIJUANA (-1)
Juan Lucero's 92nd-minute goal saw Xolos rescue a point in a 1-1 draw with Santos Laguna. In two weeks, Miguel Herrera's squad will visit Queretaro without Guido Rodriguez, who received a red card during Friday's match.
5. PACHUCA (-1):
After suffering a 2-1 loss at FC Dallas in the CONCACAF Champions League, Los Tuzos gave a poor performance at Queretaro in a 3-0 defeat. Coach Diego Alonso is rotating players and it's causing the team to lose consistency. This result should worry the side.
6. PUMAS UNAM (no change):
Pumas gave an excellent second-half showing against their hated rival Club America but at the final whistle, the score read 3-2 in Las Aguilas' favor in this season's edition of the Clasico Capitalino. Another game in which Bryan Rabello's influence on Pumas was nonexistent.
7. CLUB AMERICA (+2):
America has worked to patch up its defense throughout the new year and every time the team appears to be heading into the abyss, it finds a way to revitalize itself. The apparition of Edson Alvarez (19) and Diego Lainez (16) has inspired veterans like Oribe Peralta and its shone on the field.
8. TIGRES UANL (no change):
In Tigres' last four Liga MX games, they have only conceded one goal. Their defense is doing well, but there are certain games where the team's inability to close things out has been evident. Against Cruz Azul, in a match that finished 0-0, Tigres had several important chances to score, but could not find the back of the net.
9. SANTOS LAGUNA (-2):
Santos was only seconds away from snatching a vital 1-0 win at Tijuana, but the team lacked the concentration needed to keep the lead. Not being able to hold on in the late stages of games has prevented Los Guerreros from taking up a better place in the table.
10. QUERETARO (+2):
Since Jaime Lozano took over Queretaro's coaching job, Los Gallos have scored 15 goals. Before Lozano took over as first-team coach, the side hadn't scored a single goal. If they can beat more opponents like Pachuca, Queretaro will keep climbing the ranks.
11. ATLAS (-1):
Against Monterrey, Atlas had zero cohesion, and it was worrying to see with Rafael Marquez on the pitch. Los Rayados' speed proved to be too much for Marquez as his team's build-up play was stifled.
12. MORELIA (+2):
Morelia did it. Los Monarcas have defeated Veracruz, Chiapas and Puebla and are now close to avoiding relegation. Not only this, they are in the Liguilla mix to boot.
13. CHIAPAS (no change):
Dieter Villalpando scored one of the best goals in Week 11. His floater helped Chiapas to a 2-2 draw at Necaxa's Estadio Victoria.
14. CRUZ AZUL (+3):
With Paco Jemez, Cruz Azul is developing a new identity. But will the crowd be pleased if the team doesn't play post-season football? Only time will tell.
15. NECAXA (-4):
Necaxa has been unable to win any of its last four Liga MX games. Its defense, which was one of the best last season, is no longer helping Los Rayos control games. Teams are having an easy time putting goals past goalkeeper Marcelo Barovero.
16. PUEBLA (no change):
After starting the season well, Jose Saturnino Cardozo's Puebla has lost two in a row. There's no Liguilla football on the horizon and the fans in the city are tired of cheering for an inconsistent home team.
17. VERACRUZ (-3):
Veracruz has been a sinking ship since the season started and as much as the players are trying to give a different face to Los Tiburones Rojos, there's little motivation to keep on going.
18. LEON (no change):
The fire that Javier Torrente lit at Leon is gone and now there is no clear idea about the direction of the club. The current thought process is to trust the manager and put all of the players on the transfer list come summer, but is that the way to go?
Nayib Moran covers Liga MX and the Mexican national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @nayibmoran.