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Puma’s Renaissance is a thing of beauty…

“Football, bloody hell”. The words of Alex Ferguson after Manchester United scored twice in stoppage time to beat Bayern Munich and win the 1999 European Cup. Whilst Puma’s turnaround in fortunes is not quite as dramatic as that famous night Barcelona, their current form is certainly as unpredictable as that remarkable game.


Just two weeks ago the team was in disarray – they had only managed one win in the Apertura 2013 and the manager appeared to be on his last legs. Few fans would have predicted consecutive wins against Tigres, Xolos and Leon. Even more remarkable is that two of the three wins have come away from home. The icing on the cake is the form of Martin Bravo – the forward has scored six goals already this season and leads the league’s scoring charts.


Football can turn round quickly, but Trejo and his staff deserve great credit for the way they worked to fight through the adversity. The team that finished bottom last season now find themselves in 4th place with 10 points from six games and have given themselves a great chance to qualify for the Liguilla. Bloody hell.


Several sides stuck on one victory gives potential for exciting climax…

While Tigres have been getting deserved criticism for their start to the season, the league table makes interesting reading for several team’s managers and their fans.


With six games played, nine teams (fifty percent of the league) still only have one win or less (Santos, Morelia, Puebla, Monterrey, Leon, Atlas, Atlante, Veracruz and Tigres).


Normally we would see the league start to take some shape by this point in the campaign, but with the stuttering Chivas currently in the final playoff spot, Pumas performing above all expectations, and Leon, Tigres and Monterrey struggling to find their form there is a degree of randomness about every match.


The nature of the short-season format will always provide a reasonably tight race for the playoff spots, but this season has the potential to be the most unpredictable and exciting for a long time.


Cruz Azul, champions elect or part-time pretenders...?

Cruz Azul’s incredible run of form continues. They are the only unbeaten side, have the league’s best defence, and are the leading scorers.


Do they have the ability to go on and lift the Liga MX championship for the first time since 1997?


Their form would certainly suggest so, but they have played some of the weaker sides – and the players and manager would be wise to avoid becoming overly complacent. While a playoff place already looks assured, they will soon play Tigres, Xolos, Leon, America and Pachuca in the space of six games – a period that will surely answer the question of whether they have the necessary talent to go all the way.


By Daniel Price


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