Chivas sit 13th on the league table after a fifth game without a win. Putting manager Luis Fernando Tena on the hot seat.
Chivas haven’t won a game in 5 matches. After the tough loss, Sunday against Cruz Azul where Chivas out did Cruz Azul in every category, from pass accuracy at 85% for Chivas and at 66% for Cruz Azul, 10 shots on target from Chivas compared to Cruz Azul’s 3 shots on target, and even 70% possession from Chivas compared to Cruz Azul’s 30% possession. The resulting score was 2-1 with la Maquina winning still, and talk about Luis Fernando Tena resigning has increased as the Liga MX coaching carousel is in full motion around Jornada 6.
After this second straight loss, it pins Chivas at 13th in the table. If this was Puebla F.C no biggie, the season is early, but it’s not it’s El Rebano Sagrado. The team with 12 league championships, second only to those we shall not speak of. The team of Mexican legends. Over 50 Million spent to restore glory in the team in the previous offseason, and the only team we acknowledge from Guadalajara. There’s only one conclusion after the investment was spent is the coach isn’t equipped to handle a team of this magnitude.
It’s easy to blame the coach, let’s get that understood. To understand, Chivas have been lackluster the previous few years and with or without spending on players who have these coaches been holding the helm at Chivas? The previous two coaches before Luis Tena were Tomas Boy and Jose Cardozo. Boy and Cardozo as players were record-setting and amazing, but can’t couldn’t coach and manage a locker room and that’s evidenced by there short stints with the team that didn’t even manage to yield trophies or a full season. Another question that should be asked is if those coaches are still coaching in 2020? They aren’t.
Luis Fernando Tena’s Resume:
Luis Tena, on the other hand, has restored some dignity to Chivas that isn’t to be disputed. This coach led the U-23 National Team to the Championship in the 2012 London Olympics, winning over a Brazil side led by Neymar. When he went to Chivas the general consensus was “finally a coach with experience”, by most Rebano Sagrando fans. Even then some weren’t satisfied, but everyone thought it was better than Tomas Boy and Jose Cardozo. In that time fans were tired of losing if they tied and held on it was a godsend. At the same time though Tena hasn’t been having the best time after 2012. He was let go by the Mexican National Team in 2013 after a short tenure then let go by Cruz Azul in 2015 with a winning percentage of 45.69 with la Maquina.
That winning percentage of 45.69 is something Chivas would love to have currently after an early exit in Copa MX to a second division side in Los Dorados, three ties to start the season, and two losses that have put mounting pressure on the previous national Team coach. Last season ties at the end of a horrible season led by Tomas Boy was incredible with the squad they had in Guadalajara, but that’s not the squad they have anymore. The same team isn’t there. A lot of money has been spent and with lackluster results combined with the questionable line-ups make it seem they are in desperation mode. Moves as playing Brizuela as a right-back, or playing defender Jesus Angulo upfront due to his speed, or Jesus Molina still being captain when he is slow on the counter and offers no threat going forward with their best offensive player Javier “Chofis” Lopez being on the bench, and all of those questionable moves were just this past game.
Who will be brought in? That’s another article for another time, but investment should be made on a quality coach that demands some millions as they paid for the players that came in to manage a team. You can spend 100 Million, but it a manager from Mcdonalds is being hired every season and taking the blame, maybe it’s not his fault. Maybe it’s the fault fo the front office?