Liga MX C2018: Jornada 3’s Best and Worst
I’m going to be matter of fact here and say that Jornada 3 was one of the most boring Liga MX weekends I can recall. Fans were “treated” to 4 scoreless draws, a few boring wins, and a few blowouts that failed to keep our attention. The Chivas-Necaxa match was the sole redeeming game of the weekend, providing some exciting back and forth action that resulted in a 3-1 win for Chivas. But, the awards must go on, so here are this week’s winners and losers:
Best Team Performance: Chivas
Chivas were one of three teams to put up a 3-1 victory this weekend; the other two (Toluca and Pachuca) steamrolled a couple of bottom-feeders. Chivas, on the other hand, won at Necaxa, who are slightly above bottom-feeders at this point. Like I said, slow week.
But, the truth is this is a big win for a Chivas side that are looking to be relevant again after missing the playoffs during the Apertura, and 1-1-1 start is better than they were a season ago. I may be a bit of a Chofis fanboy, (aren’t we all?) but he has legitimately played very well so far this season. Alan Pulido got on the scoresheet for the first time this year, and Edwin Hernandez scored a solid free kick to seal the victory, though it appears to have taken a deflection before going in.
Are Chivas championship contenders right now? Certainly not, but showings like this prove they aren’t quite as far off as we think.
Best Individual Performance: Keisuke Honda
Honda was the best player on the field for Pachuca, picking up a pair of assists in Los Tuzos’ 3-1 victory. Honda sent in cross after cross, pass after pass, into dangerous territory, and it was only a matter of time that a few of them were converted. He also nearly added a goal to his tally, hitting one shot off the post. Honda has been very good this season, and the eye test has the numbers to back it up. His SofaScore ratings for the first three matches? 8.0, 8.3, and 9.1. To give you some perspective on how high that is, he’s made all three SofaScore teams of the week (based solely on rating) so far; Luis Montes of León is the only player to share that honor.
Worst Team Performance: Veracruz
Honorable mention to BUAP for getting torched again, but Veracruz’s loss is much more significant in the current grand scheme of things. Los Tiburones fell 2-0 to Puebla at Estadio Cuauhtemoc, in a game with HUGE relegation connotations. With the loss, Veracruz are 11 points back of Querétaro in the relegation table, and its looking more and more unlikely with each passing week that they can climb out of the hole. Technically, if BUAP were to continue on this historically bad trajectory, Veracruz may just be able to catch them but its incredibly unlikely.
Best Goal: Erick Aguirre (Pachuca)
Slim pickings this week, but the nod has to go to this team effort from Pachuca. Aguirre got the finish but its all set up by a good looking sequence of passes.
(Video Retrieved from LigaMX.net)