The Chivas de Guadalajara were eliminated by Puebla in an exciting and heartfelt series of penalties in the repechage of the Grita México 2021 tournament. The team led by Marcelo Michel Leaño had the game controlled and the ticket to the league until minute 89, when the defender Lucas Maia appeared with a great header to tie the score and send the game to the definition from eleven steps.
In the final charge, Lucas Maia himself defined correctly against Raúl Gudiño, while Alejandro Mayorga missed his definition. In this way, a new failure of the Sacred Flock is consolidated in the era of the Ricardo Peláez-Amaury Vergara duo. The rojiblancos had a mediocre performance throughout the 17 days of the championship and sought to save their season in the playoffs, but it was not even enough for them.
Chivas, the sixth highest rated squad in Mexican soccer, was justly eliminated by one of the most modest teams in Liga MX. A failure is always a good learning opportunity, however, the short and medium-term forecasts for Guadalajara are not very encouraging. Marcelo Michel Leaño was ratified by the rojiblanca board of directors before the end of the tournament.
The young technical director took the baton from Chivas after the removal of Víctor Manuel Vucetich. Leaño ended up delivering worse accounts than the ones the team was registering under the orders of ‘King Midas’. Worse still: in addition to the poor results in terms of obtaining points, the team did not show any improvement in football during Leaño’s journey.
Surprisingly, the Flock will bet next season on a coach who, beyond his optimistic statements, did not add something different to the rojiblanca squad. Things are getting worse for Guadalajara. It seems unlikely that the board will move into the winter market to reinforce the squad with players of weight.
In recent statements, Amaury Vergara practically ruled out the arrival of some footballers such as Rodolfo Pizarro, Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernández or Carlos Vela because they, according to the owner of the team, “want us to pay them as if it were PSG.” The outlook does not look good for Chiverío for 2022.
It seems that within the club there is no self-criticism and there is no effort to change things. Next year looks to be more of the same for the rojiblancos: without sports or institutional direction, with weak leaderships, without reinforcements and with a disconnected team that will think again about the playoffs.
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