Liga MX: Chivas, Queretaro on the rise while Puebla, America slide

It was a good weekend for Chivas de Guadalajara, who lead the Liga MX Clausura table after 14 rounds and also made relegation a mathematical impossibility with Friday's 1-1 draw against Club Tijuana.

At rival Club America, things aren't so rosy after falling 4-0 at home to Queretaro on Saturday, making for an intriguing Clasico Nacional in Guadalajara next Sunday.

Here's the good, the bad and the ugly from the weekend that was in the Liga MX.

Ronaldinho, Queretaro on the rise

There has been a train of thought for some time that Queretaro's team may actually function better without Ronaldinho. At halftime of Club America's match against Queretaro on Saturday, with Gallos Blancos 2-0 up and Ronaldinho on the bench, there was certainly plenty of evidence to back up that theory.

Queretaro was actually doing just fine before Ronaldinho joined last September. It played a counter-attacking game based on solidity, a team ethic, and was helped enormously by the goal-scoring prowess of currently injured striker Camilo Sanvezzo.

Ronaldinho's presence seemed to hinder that mix. The 35-year-old star doesn't press, needs the ball fed into him and works best in a team that dominates possession and looks to him to open up space in the final third.

But on Saturday, Ronaldinho came on in the 84th minute with the game already wrapped up and had scored two goals by the final whistle, even earning an ovation from the Club America faithful inside the Estadio Azteca. It was a reminder -- in a week where he has had to deny retirement rumors -- that he still has something to offer.

Intriguingly, that could be off the bench, with experienced coach Victor Manuel Vucetich showing no signs of pandering to the Brazilian and starting him just because of his name.

Either way, if recent signs that Ronaldinho still has a morsel of his old magic combines with some confidence and is backed up by a team now functioning well, Queretaro shouldn't be written off as title contenders, especially with the inconsistency of the teams at the top of the league this season. It's now four wins in four for the resurgent Gallos Blancos.

Up north in the Clasico Regio, Tigres overcame Monterrey 3-0 in a pulsating game, with an atmosphere in the Estadio Universitario that was mentioned on FIFA's Instagram account.

It was a classy performance by Tigres, who travel to Ronaldinho's Queretaro this Friday in what should be a fascinating contest between two of the league's form teams.

Puebla fading fast

It is looking increasingly likely that Puebla will be relegated from the Liga MX in a few weeks time.

The team is now in a straight battle with Leones Negros for Liga MX survival, and while the university team from Guadalajara is hardly rising to the occasion at present, La Franja has now gone six league games without a win.

Cuauhtemoc Blanco, 42, captained Puebla and started the game in his last league match in Mexico, in what appeared to be exactly the sort of catering to status that Vucetich has not allowed with Ronaldinho at Queretaro. Puebla ended up losing 1-0 at home to Atlas.

Three games each remain for Puebla and Leones Negros, with the latter guaranteeing survival with five more points. With Puebla facing Pachuca (away), Leon (home) and Santos Laguna (away) and Leones Negros playing Santos (away), Veracruz (home) and Cruz Azul (away), the likelihood is that one more win for UDG will secure the team's place in the first division next season.

It will take an almost miraculous effort from here on in if Mexico's fourth biggest city isn't to be without a first division team next season.

Matosas' precarious situation at Club America

Americanistas are not happy. It is simply not normal for Club America to lose 4-0 at home in the Estadio Azteca and Gustavo Matosas' job security is once again an issue.

Over the club's last six matches, there has been a 3-0 loss and now two 4-0 defeats. Mixed in was that 6-0 win over Herediano, which took Las Aguilas to the CONCACAF Champions League final against the Montreal Impact on Wednesday.

There is absolutely no consistency from Matosas' side at present and embarrassing results like that against Queretaro won't be accepted for long.

Getting the balance of the ultra-attacking team has proven difficult.

"You couldn't see where we were going to score a goal or equalize," said Matosas after the game, in a worrying comment for America fans. "We've had various moments like that this year, against Veracruz, Herediano, Leones Negros..."

The pressure really is on Matosas and the players against Montreal, but the return of Oribe Peralta and Moises Munoz should bring a boost of experience to a team that is struggling with its identity and in need of a win in the CCL final.

"Our revenge will come on Wednesday," added Matosas.

There is still time for America to succeed this season, but with the CCL final and the Super Clasico on Sunday, it feels like this is the tipping point for Matosas at the club.