Goal.com Liga MX Power Rankings: Week 1

Tigres were able to climb to the top of our current Power Rankings thanks to an inspired debut in Chiapas which saw the Apertura 2011 champs pile on the Jaguares.
1. Tigres (Preseason: 6) - A thrashing of Jaguares in the season's opening game reaffirms that Ricardo Ferretti's team is serious about reclaiming the title it won in Dec. 2011. With no domestic cup to play, the Monterrey side will be rested and ready for league challengers.

2. Santos Laguna (Preseason: 1) - Even without Oribe Peralta at the front of the attack, the defending champion was able to turn around a quick deficit at San Luis and come out with the season's opening three points, thanks in part to a deep roster.

3. Toluca (Preseason: 8) - The Diablos were able to survive a second half onslaught by Chivas and showed the Liga MX that as usual, they'll be a tough pill to swallow at the Nemesio Diez stadium. It remains to be seen whether their offensive production can sustain the loss of Ivan Alonso.

4. Tijuana (Preseason: 11) - At home, Tijuana pounced on a weak Puebla team that was without its best player after just 20 minutes. Even then, the Xolos had to rely on set pieces to yield the game's only two goals. As it was last season, defeating the fronterizo's back line will be tough for any opponent. 

5. León (Preseason: 13) - An emotional return to the top tier of Mexican football was even sweeter for Leon as the club defeated Queretaro away from home for its first win in 10 years. Manager Gustavo Matosas was emotional after taking revenge on the club that fired him less than a year ago.

6. Monterrey (Preseason: 6) - The Rayados should have had a win at home against América if not for the crossbar and young goalkeeper Hugo Gonzalez negating them time and time again. A road test next week against Morelia will give us insight as to whether the opening day draw was a fluke.

7. Pumas (Preseason: 2) - At the Estadio Jalisco, UNAM jumped to an early lead off a screamer from Argentinian playmaker Martin Bravo. As the game wore on, only the goalkeeper's own goal prevented the team from taking all three points.

8. Atlas (Preseason: 15) - A valiant effort from Atlas in the second half would have gone for naught if Alejandro Palacios hadn't committed an own goal for Pumas. Even then, the Rojinegros showed a bit of life after a rough start.

9. América (Preseason: 5) - On defense, the team was sketchy at times. On offense, too reliant on Ecuadorian striker Christian Benitez. Sure, América was missing five potential starters due to injury, national team duty and suspension, but will any of those be able to sooth Benitez's burden up front?

10. Cruz Azul (Preseason: 7) - A weak outing from one of the perennial favorites. Pablo Barrera needs time on the pitch, that much is clear, but Mariano Pavone's strong preseason didn't translate to Week 1 goals for the Argentine import.

11. Morelia (Preseason: 9) - Jefferson Montero aside, this team was severely unspectacular in its debut despite high promise from new coach Ruben Omar Romano. It's going to take Morelia some time to get its offense going without departed Gerardo Lugo.

12. Pachuca (Preseason: 4) - Possibly the weekend's biggest disappointment. Even without Nery Castillo, the Hidalguenses had a formidable lineup that should have lit up the scoreboard. Raul Tamudo was lonely up front, as neither Jose Francisco Torres or Mauro Cejas could partner up with him from the wings or in the midfield.

13. Atlante (Preseason: 14) - Not a good sign when your coach threatens to resign three times during the preseason. Atlante lacks serious firepower up front and even with Spanish import Valdo, will struggle to score in the Apertura.

14. San Luis (Preseason: 17) - The Gladiadores had an okay first half in which they even held a lead (albeit for two minutes) against Santos Laguna. Later, the team crumbled in its search for an equalizer. Even then, a promising debut.

15. Chivas (Preseason: 10) - Fans aching for Total Football were treated to 35 minutes of pressure and offensive play from a team that sorely misses Olympian Marco Fabian. Things won't get much better with Santos visiting the Estadio Omnilife next weekend.

16. Querétaro (Preseason: 18) - Saturday's match against newly-promoted Leon was difficult to watch for Gallos fans who saw how their top player missed a penalty and had a certain goal stopped by a defender's hand (the infraction was not called) in their search for level terms.

17. Puebla (Preseason: 16) - The Camoteros looked like a group of eleven strangers meeting up at the local park to play a game of pickup footy instead of a professional team with months of chemistry and work in their repertoire. Things look bleak.

18. Jaguares (Preseason: 12) - Probably an anomaly, but giving four at home is never good (especially when celebrating a decade in the top flight) when you're trying to prove to the world that you'll be okay without your best player.

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