Week 9 of the Liga MX Clausura 2017 contained some entertaining matches and some important results that made an impact on the standings in the League. Most notably Chivas and Pachuca won their respective games to be the two top teams in the standings, Chivas in first and Pachuca coming in second only because of goal differential. Here are the Power Rankings for week 9 of the Liga MX Clausura 2017.
1. Power Rankings Teams # 18-9
The ‘esmeraldas’ are still struggling to accumulate points coming from a draw to Club America at home. Javier Torrente’s side is missing that push that the Argentine gave the team when he came in as manager in the Apertura 2016. The lack of motivation and performance is costing the team a spot in the playoffs this Clausura in 18th place with only six points.
Veracruz is coming off a very tough lost to another relegation candidate in Monarcas Morelia. The defeat now means that the ‘jarochos’ are in last on the relegation table with 105 points. The team does not lack motivation or spirit, and should still be able to make a strong fight against relegation.
The ‘camoteros’ have improved massively since the arrival of Jose Cardozo as the manager. The Paraguayan skipper is coming from his first loss of the tournament, falling to Tigres UANL 2-0. Puebla did not have a bad game, getting the opportunities but not capitalizing on them. Jose Cardozo will look to lead his team going forward in the fight against relegation.
The ‘rayos’ keep on implementing Alfonso Sosa’s pragmatic play style which is working to a certain extent getting two points out of the last two games. The team’s defense, however just does not look good enough to keep on getting points from this style of play. Now with only nine points on the Clausura, Necaxa will need to start worrying how the lack of production in this tournament will affect the team for the relegation race next season.
The Monarchs are coming from a huge 1-0 victory over Veracruz at the Estadio Morelos. The win now means that Morelia is no longer in last place on the relegation table. The team is far from safe, from relegation and will need to keep on getting solid performances from its Peruvian combo of Andy Polo and Raul Ruidiaz to keep on getting points.
Finally, after week 1 of the competition, Paco Jemez’s team has won another game, defeating Chiapas 2-0. Despite the victory the team still looks unstable, wasting several opportunities and needing to work very hard for its goals in the game.
The ‘aguilas’ did not look great in their 1-1 draw against Leon and the team looks like it is ready for a transition away from La Volpe and Pelaez. The Mexico City side will be without Renato Ibarra for several months which could also have a huge impact on the team. With the league as contested as it is, America will need to work very hard to reach the playoffs, now in 13th place with 11 points.
Chiapas did lose 2-0 against Cruz Azul in this week 9 of the competition, but looked impressive despite the loss. Some wasted opportunities impeded Chiapas from coming away with points from the game, but the opportunities were there. The upbeat quick tempo passing the Jaguares are utilizing has made Sergio Bueno’s side a joy to watch. The team seems to be on the right path to evade relegation thi season.
The ‘gallos blancos’ have been gradually improving since Jaime Lozano has taken over as manager of the club. Queretaro is coming from a tough 4-1 loss to Monterrey in week 9 of the tournament, Lozano’s first loss as manager of the ‘gallos blancos’. The team will be looking to bounce back next week when it hosts Club Tijuana at the Estadio Corregidora.
Atlas made another big stride to perhaps earn a playoff spot this Clausura, by drawing to Necaxa 1-1, at the Estadio Victoria. The ‘rojinegros’ have struggled to get points away from home in the past, but have been successful recently, undefeated in their last three games away from the Estadio Jalisco.