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Liga MX W2W4: Five teams battle for three spots as playoff picture is finalized

Pachuca's win over Santos has given them life heading into the final weekend.
Pachuca need to beat Atlas and hope one of the teams above them falters to reach the playoffs.

There is still a lot to be decided as Liga MX enters its final weekend. ESPN FC's Liga MX correspondents Tom Marshall and Eric Gomez preview the must-see games on the final weekend of the Liga MX regular season.

Three playoff spots up for grabs

With Toluca, Santos Laguna, Club America, Monterrey and Tigres all already safely in the playoffs, only three other spots remain unclaimed.

Sixth-placed Pumas face Queretaro on Sunday and have an 81 percent chance of reaching the postseason, according to...

 By Tom Marshall

Mexico's players go online: Inside Osorio's exclusive training platform

When Mexico qualified for Russia 2018 last September after defeating Panama at the Estadio Azteca, there was naturally a celebration, but El Tri manager Juan Carlos Osorio's mindset was already shifting to how to best prepare his team for the main event.

The manager of every nation that qualified for Russia 2018 would have had similar thoughts and begun his own preparations, but Osorio, his coaching staff and the Mexican federation collaborated to put together a particularly innovative plan that...

 By Nayib Moran

Liga MX final tale of the tape: Who has the edge, Chivas or Tigres?

Prior to Tigres' match with Chivas on April 11 at Estadio Universitario, Ricardo "Tuca" Ferretti's team had only won three games, drawn four and lost five. The feeling prior to the game -- which Tigres went on to win convincingly 3-0 -- was that if the team was not able to get the three points, their Liguilla hopes would have been significantly hurt. Ferretti's men responded and the beast woke up. Including the win against Chivas, Tigres have since compiled an impressive record of eight wins and...

 By Tom Marshall

Mexico legend Carlos Salcido talks big moments, memories and Carlos Vela

Carlos Salcido's international career came to an end in August, but he's still going strong in Liga MX despite the struggles of his current club Chivas.

GUADALAJARA, Mexico -- Carlos Salcido drew a line underneath one of the outstanding Mexico national team careers when he announced his retirement from El Tri in late August.

The Ocotlan, Jalisco, native won a total of 122 caps, featured in three World Cups -- he was arguably El Tri's best player in 2006 and 2010 --  and became one of the most recognizable figures of his generation for the Mexican national team. He also won an Olympic gold medal in London in 2012.

On top of that, the current...

Liga MX Best XI: Salcido, Alustiza impress

Chivas might be struggling to find goals but Carlos Salcido has helped in keeping the club's defense organized.

Slow starts have a deadline of a few games in which teams and players can claim to be shaking off rust or just getting warmed up. That time is now past for Liga MX. The thick of the season has arrived. The time is now for the players who are going to make a mark on this season.

Here are the week's standouts for the Liga MX Best Xl.

Matias Alustiza: Pachuca, forward -- A hat trick will always gain notice, but Alustiza was especially pitiless in pounding Atlas into submission in a 3-1 victory. The...