The Early Sub: Mexican Mondays, Mexico Belongs to Chivas… For Now

After 9 games, Chivas Guadalajara have taken the top of Liga MX after their big triumph over Toluca dos a cero on Saturday. Pachuca’s win knocked Tijuana off their perch at the top of the Clausura but now it’s Chivas. The historic club have been struggling in Liga MX the past couple of years but their 4th place finish in the Apertura tournament spelled good omens for Los Rojiblancos as they continue to distance themselves from their Mexico City eternal rivals. Meanwhile, Club America struggle in the league, dropping points once again to Leon marking their 2nd draw in 9 games. Then again, a draw seems like a blessing for Los Aguilas nowadays after dropping their Copa MX fixture to Santos on Wednesday and dropping 4 games in the league already, including losing El Superclasico to Chivas on February 18th. Is it panic mode for Los Azulcremas? They definitely shouldn’t be sitting easy struggling this much to start 2017. Their sense of urgency should kick up a notch as well since their eternal rivals lead Mexico’s glorious competition. Four losses in nine games is absolutely frightening as most title winners don’t lose five games all year, but it’s not over for America. The season is still relatively young and America still only trail the leaders by 6 points so the title is certainly reachable. But their form must change quickly. It seemed like they may have the ship going right after their derby victory over Cruz Azul but losing to Santos in La Copa, and dropping points to bottom Leon proves that Los Aguilas still have many question marks to address. Apart from the eternal Superclasico rivals, Pachuca and Tijuana fought a pivotal top of the table matchup with Tijuana going into the weekend at the top of Mexico. Pachuca sat in 3rd entering the weekend but after a thrilling 3-2 victory going Pachuca’s way, Los Xolos dropped to 3rd while Pachuca ascend to 2nd while being tied on points with Chivas. Chivas may reign at the top of Liga MX but they will have a deep and tense matchup next week as the leaders must travel to El Estadio Universitario to defend their perch.

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