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Monterrey driven ahead of Liga MX Clausura playoffs
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Monterrey's Dorlan Pabon (pictured) has scored five goals in 13 games during the 2017 Liga MX Clausura. (Photo: Andrea Jimenez/Straffon Images) 

MONTERREY, Mexico – With just one round remaining in the Liga MX Clausura regular season, Monterrey is motivated to claim a week 17 win over Morelia in order to enter the playoffs on a high note.

The Rayados currently sit in second place -- just one point behind table-topping Club Tijuana – and have already clinched one of eight postseason berths. They are looking to capture the domestic crown for the first time since the 2010 Apertura.

On Monday, forward Dorlan Pabon told reporters that lifting the trophy is the next priority.

“We know that the first objective was to enter the Liguilla and Monterrey is another thing in the Liguilla (playoffs),” said the 29-year-old Colombian. “We are up for big things. We are going for the title. We know that it is time to give joy to these fans who have not had it for years. If Monterrey sets itself out to win things, it will achieve it.”

Monterrey will clinch the top seed by defeating Morelia and Club Tijuana either drawing or losing to Veracruz. For a club so strongly supported, having home-field advantage throughout the Liguilla could be pivotal, especially since the Rayados are unbeaten in eight games (6W-2D-0L) at the Estadio BBVA Bancomer.

Midfielder Jesus Molina is keen to repay the fans’ loyalty.

“We know of the demands there are with this team and that our fans always support us,” he finished. “Obviously, there is the commitment and responsibility to do things well and fill them with satisfaction.”

 
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