One other wild weekend of the Liga MX 2019 Clausura is within the books. Listed here are 5 takes from the second spherical of matches:
1. Cardozo masterminds Chivas win over Cruz Azul
It is changing into more and more clear that Cruz Azul has an issue breaking down well-drilled and compact defenses and Saturday noticed Chivas coach Jose Cardozo lay down a template of how to defeat Pedro Caixinha’s aspect. Different groups will certainly observe swimsuit.
Chivas sat again, let Cruz Azul have the ball (60 p.c possession), remained affected person and was ultimately rewarded with a 1-Zero victory thanks to a 79th minute aim from Ronaldo Cisneros. Goalkeeper Raul Gudino solely had one save to make all sport, as La Maquina — used to doing harm on transitions — confirmed its inventive limitations.
That makes it six factors from two video games for Chivas, however the significance of the win for Cardozo goes past the factors: Maybe for the primary time since he took over from Matias Almeyda we noticed Cardozo’s hand clearly in a constructive show. The plan was good and the gamers executed it expertly.
Cardozo got here into this Clausura nearly as a sitting duck, however this was proof that he may but succeed on the Guadalajara membership.
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2. Patino wants reinforcements at Pumas
When Pumas misplaced 6-1 to native rival Membership America within the second leg of the Apertura semi, it was an historic embarrassment tamed considerably by the very fact the membership and coach David Patino had overachieved simply by getting that far.
A house sport towards Veracruz adopted by a visit to Aguascalientes to play Necaxa appeared like a delicate begin to the Clausura to get Pumas again on observe. Nevertheless it hasn’t been fairly to date, with the 2-1 loss to Necaxa on Saturday coming off the again off a dour Zero-Zero attract week one towards Veracruz.
“It is week two, we misplaced away, the workforce tried, ran and we misplaced focus, which value us objectives, however the workforce fought and this [tournament] is just simply starting,” mentioned Patino after the sport.
It was a good evaluation, however Patino additionally talked about that he’ll be trying to meet with membership administrators within the week to talk about new transfers. This Pumas workforce definitely wants some funding, however it’s unlikely that the cash is there, that means Patino will want to carry out a minor miracle to make the postseason.
Three. Alvarez staking declare in midfield for America
The talk over Edson Alvarez’s greatest place is actual. The 21-year-old sees himself as a center-back, performed on the World Cup as a right-back and netted twice within the closing of the Apertura as a central midfielder.
On Friday, he was as soon as once more in midfield as America defeated Atlas 2-1 in a reasonably comfy victory. And the teenager impressed along with his combativeness, capacity to cowl floor and efficient passing.
When Colombia worldwide Mateus Uribe returns from harm, Miguel Herrera can have an issue in deciding the place to choose Alvarez, with the partnership alongside Guido Rodriguez as stable as you’re probably to get.
Enjoying a Four-Four-2 formation, America clicked again into gear with out too many problems within the reigning champion’s Clausura debut. Diego Lainez clearly wasn’t concerned following his transfer to Real Betis and Paraguayan Cecilio Dominguez, who has been linked with a transfer to Independiente, stepped up and scored.
Four. Mexican objectives dwindling
Mexico coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino began scouting video games in individual this previous weekend and might’t have been too impressed with one specific aspect of what he noticed: Mexicans scoring objectives.
A complete of 21 objectives have been netted within the Clausura in week two, solely 4 of which got here from Mexicans, together with a Luis Fuentes personal aim.
The truth is, solely 10 of the 40 objectives scored to date this season — excluding the personal objectives — have come from Mexico-eligible gamers.
Discovering strikers to again up Javier Hernandez and Raul Jimenez was an issue for former El Tri coach Juan Carlos Osorio and it is a difficulty with which Martino can also be set to wrestle.
5. Lobos BUAP early shock package deal
Toluca, Chivas and … await it … Lobos BUAP are the one excellent groups after two rounds of matches. The minnows from Puebla defeated Veracruz 1-Zero away on Friday in one thing of a relegation battle. The result leaves Lobos BUAP nearly out of relegation hazard, whereas the college membership has each likelihood of creating it three wins from three subsequent weekend at dwelling to Necaxa.
On the different finish of the desk, Morelia, Queretaro and Tijuana are nonetheless and not using a level, with Oscar Pareja’s Xolos shedding Three-Zero to Tigres on Saturday.
In different outcomes, Leon got here again to tie 2-2 towards Monterrey, Pachuca put final weekend’s heavy defeat to Rayados behind it to win Three-Zero versus Queretaro, Toluca won 2-Zero towards Puebla and Santos Laguna defeated Morelia 1-Zero on Sunday.