Monterrey still unstoppable atop Liga MX Power Rankings, America No. 2
In Liga MX, the next two months are going to be packed with games and that will start to take shape this week as the postponed Week 10 is set to take place. Monterrey and America are playing like the main title contenders while Leon and Tigres aren't far behind. When it comes to an outside pick, Morelia is the main candidate.
Here are Week 13's Liga MX Power Rankings:
1. MONTERREY (no change)
As each week goes by, the attacking trifecta of Rogelio Funes Mori, Dorlan Pabon and Aviles Hurtado continues blazing through opponents defenses while midfielders Jonathan Gonzalez and Carlos Sanchez are providing a lot of balance in the heart of the midfield. At present, Monterrey is unstoppable.
2. CLUB AMERICA (no change)
Darwin Quintero is playing like his old self, like the forward who dazzled the league while he was playing for Santos Laguna. His rebirth has been one of this season's main stories. In America's 3-1 win over Cruz Azul, he trotted over La Maquina's defense. Quintero has two goals and four assists this season.
3. LEON (no change)
When Gustavo Diaz came in as coach, one of the most important demands he had to fulfill right away was to return the fire to Estadio Leon. Leon lost three of its first four home games but since Diaz arrived, La Fiera has won all of its home games including its most recent one against Tigres.
4. TIGRES UANL (no change)
After its Week 4 defeat to Pachuca, Ricardo "Tuca" Ferretti said that he's always worried. He's worried after the team wins, draws or losses. The 1-0 loss to Leon was its second away defeat and as the regular season comes to a close, that attack of Andre-Pierre Gignac, Edu Vargas and Enner Valencia must be sharper in front of goal.
5. MORELIA (+2)
After Morelia's last minute 2-1 win over Chivas, manager Roberto Hernandez clarified that he was pleased with the win, but not with the team's performance. Morelia already beat teams like Xolos and America and it drew against Tigres and Monterrey; it's becoming clear that Monarcas are becoming one of the season's main protagonists.
6. TOLUCA (+3)
In his first start in a long time, striker Alexis Vega scored one of the three goals Toluca put past Lobos BUAP in its 3-1 victory. The return of Vega, who has suffered multiple knee injuries over the past year, is good news for Los Diablos Rojos.
7. CRUZ AZUL (-2)
Of Cruz Azul's four shots on target against America, three of them were blocked by goalkeeper, Agustin Marchesin. La Maquina created a good number of scoring chances but lacked efficiency. The forwards' efficiency must improve if they are to secure a place in the playoffs.
8. NECAXA (no change)
Ignacio Ambriz's Necaxa has the second-best defense in the league and this defensive stability is why it's still fighting for a playoff spot despite frustration in attack. Necaxa has only scored 10 goals, which might complicate things for Ambriz as the regular season comes to a close.
9. CLUB TIJUANA (-3)
It was surprising to see Xolos get a scoreless draw against Veracruz, a team that came to Tijuana with four away losses. All of a sudden, Eduardo Coudet's team hasn't won in its last four games, three of which took place at Estadio Caliente.
10. ATLAS (+2)
Of Atlas' last three wins, two of them happened away from home. This winning streak has Los Rojinegros in the battle to finish with a playoff spot and in order to determine if they're up for it, the next two home games against Morelia and Xolos will be vital.
11. LOBOS BUAP (-1)
It was strange to see Lobos BUAP and Toluca hold the first game of Week 13 on Wednesday, especially considering that key players like Pedro Aquino and Luis Advincula were still on international duty. Not having these two starters hurt Lobos' winning chances as Toluca cruised to victory.
12. PACHUCA (-1)
Pachuca is in trouble. Its 2-0 loss to Monterrey showed that the team isn't playing at its maximum capacity. Perhaps manager Diego Alonso is always making tweaks to his XI in order to give rest to certain players, but all these line-up switches have hindered the overall play of the team.
13. VERACRUZ (no change)
Meliton Hernandez made four saves to help Veracruz get a scoreless draw in its visit to Tijuana. The end of the season will be tough for Jose Cardozo's team, however, because of the last five opponents, only one (Chivas) is out of the Liguilla zone.
14. CHIVAS (no change)
Carlos Salcido gave stellar performances in last season's Liguilla; this weekend's display reminded us why he's one of Mexico's all-time best defenders. On Saturday night, in Morelia's 2-1 win, Salcido scored twice though one of his goals was an own-goal that gave Morelia the win. It was a crushing moment for Salcido but it was also one for Chivas, who saw their playoff hopes finally burn out.
15. QUERETARO (no change)
Queretaro hasn't won a game in eight matches. Considering how the season has played out, Los Gallos should start thinking on how they will confront next season.
16. SANTOS LAGUNA (no change)
Los Guerreros had eight shots on target while Atlas had four, but it was the visiting side that took home a 1-0 win. In its last eight home games, Santos has gotten five draws and three defeats.
17. PUEBLA (no change)
It was the 93rd minute and Puebla led 2-1 in its home game against Queretaro. It looked like new coach Enrique Meza was going to lead it to its second win of the season, but Camilo Sanvezzo scored off a free kick to leave the game at 2-2. Puebla missed a massive chance of beating a team who will be directly involved in the relegation race.
18. PUMAS UNAM (no change)
Pumas' new manager, David Patino, noted that it was good to see the team not lose in its visit to Necaxa. After the 0-0 draw, he said that Pumas won't finish the season at the bottom of the table.
Nayib Moran covers Liga MX and the Mexican national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @nayibmoran.