Two weeks ago, Club America were securely in Liguilla, looking like contenders for the regular season title. The tables have turned in their last two games, and for whatever reason, America hasn't looked like a formidable side in either. They are now eight points off of first place and only two points ahead of the final Liguilla spot, thanks to their two losses in their last two games.
It's tough to tell if America has been looking ahead to their rivals, if they're in a downturn, or if they just lost to superior opponents. In their defense, losing to Monarcas Morelia and Monterrey -- two likely Liguilla teams -- is hardly embarrassing. They've had a relatively easy schedule before this stretch of games and the scheduling gods could finally be catching up to them.
Whatever their issue is, this is a bad time to be on a losing streak. If they fail to defeat Chivas, they won't have any margin for error in their final three games. Those matches are at home against first placed Santos, away to struggling Puebla and at home in another Clasico against Cruz Azul. It's tough to see them taking all nine points from those matches, especially if they enter that stretch on a long winless streak.
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