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Hurtado, Pineda and Gignac highlight the best XI of Liga MX's Clausura

Defining the best players in Liga MX is a complicated task given the impact of the playoffs. Chivas won two of their last 11 games, but it was good enough to lift their 12th Liga MX trophy; Tigres came into the final unstoppable, but in the final they ran out of ideas.

Still, there are five Chivas players in our XI. Here are the 2017 Clausura's best performers.

GK: Rodolfo Cota, Chivas

The 29-year-old goalkeeper outshone Nahuel Guzman in the final. His saves in the final, and quarterfinal against Atlas, were crucial for Chivas' winning aspirations.

RB: Jesus "Chapo" Sanchez, Chivas

Sanchez is a quiet leader, one who leads by example. Shutting down Tigres' Javier Aquino over the two legs of the final was a job that demanded a lot of concentration and he transmitted serenity when Chivas needed it most.

CB: Juninho, Tigres

Seasons come and go, but Juninho's defensive contributions continue to be among the best in the league. He might not have the speed he had two years ago, but his positioning and ability to distribute the ball from the back make him into a formidable centre-back.

CB: Oswaldo Alanis, Chivas

Alanis finished the season with two goals and two assists. When Chivas were having a difficult time getting wins, Alanis managed to keep the team afloat with his goals and his tranquillity to distribute the ball from the back.

LB: Luis Reyes, Atlas

Without a doubt, the left-back was one of the season's revelations. His quick rise has been remarkable, mainly because of his ability to get himself into the attack with so much ease. Reyes' form was one of the main reasons why Atlas returned to the Liguilla this season.

DM: Guido Pizarro, Tigres

Pizarro concluded the season with the second most passes and best in the completed passes department. He's the most complete defensive midfielder in the league, but right behind him is his compatriot Guido Rodriguez, who also excelled in the Clausura.

CM: Orbelin Pineda, Chivas

Pineda is the type of midfielder who never stops running and even though he didn't get major goals or assists to close out the regular season, his football in the Liguilla was key for El Rebano Sagrado because he makes those around him better.

CM: Jesus Duenas, Tigres

In Liga MX, there are few midfielders like Duenas, capable of playing all the roles in midfield. Also, whenever the team might need it, he has no problem slotting in as a left or right-back. He will continue to be one of Ricardo "Tuca" Ferretti's main players in his Tigres side.

FW: Rodolfo Pizarro, Chivas

Although the young midfielder missed a good part of the Clausura due to injury, he surpassed expectations each time he stepped onto the pitch for Chivas. His first season was stellar and proof that Pizarro has all the credentials to one day play at the very highest level.

FW: Aviles Hurtado, Club Tijuana

Eight goals and six assists in the regular season were Hurtado's stats. The Colombian-Mexican forward drove defenses crazy with his dribbling, and he also took the time to score the goal of the season at Estadio Jalisco.

ST: Andre-Pierre Gignac, Tigres

Gignac's numbers in the Liguilla were noteworthy. Six goals in six games almost propelled Tigres to their sixth league title and his danger could always be felt. Finding ways to tame him isn't easy, but in the second leg of the Liga MX final, Chivas found ways to frustrate him.