Chivas have battled throughout the season, which gives the team confidence entering the final weekend of the regular season.Chivas have lost just three times this season, but the club is still in a quandary.
At minimum, Chivas need a win over Monterrey to have a chance of reaching the postseason. Beyond that, their hopes lie in other teams' hands as Chivas need massive help to get to the postseason.
Still, having lost only three times gives the club hope that the Liguilla is still within reach.
"The players are motivated by the way the group has performed," Chivas manager Jose Luis Real said in a press conference. "They've been competitive against the best teams of this tournament and that gives us hope. That minimal possibility that exists will guide us through to the end."
Chivas have a 3-3-10 record and their 19 points are not enough to inspire confidence outside the club. Still, Chivas are hopeful of a chance of making the postseason.
The team could know even before the game whether hope still remains as Pachuca play on Friday. Chivas' match on Saturday could be meaningless, but it could also help set up a situation where other teams have pressure, teams Chivas are trying to catch in the playoff chase.
"It's something that could help us but what matters the most is what we have to do, regardless of whether the match is played at the same time as others, which does count and can influence," Real said. "Definitely what's most important is to win and hope for results."
Monterrey enter the game with consecutive losses. As they've got the second spot in the table already secured, Monterrey may have hit some complacency and could have problems and issues of their own to sort out.
But struggling teams haven't exactly continued their struggles against them this season.
"Against Chivas, those who are having problems have forgotten about them," he said. "The big teams always act like big teams. We're expecting Rayados to be themselves. This will be a game against one of the best teams this season."