After Chivas were eliminated in the last two Repechajes that they played, first against CF Pachuca in Clausura 2021 by a 4-2 score, and then on a penalty shootout against Club Puebla in Apertura 2021, El Rebaño arrived at the game against Pumas with the need of a victory.
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This time not only was luck on their favor, but also the good performances, as they arrived at Repechaje with a 4-game winning streak that they were aiming to improve, something that in the end they managed to do as they beat 4-1 a Pumas team that was lacking confidence.
After finishing the first half tied 1-1, Chivas needed to show why they closed the regular season with one of the better streaks, something that they managed to do thanks to a goal scored by Fernando “Nene” Beltrán that gave Chivas the advantage just six minutes after the game resumed.
José Juan Macías and Alexis Vega sealed the 4-1 for El Rebaño Sagrado, and although Vega was involved in the scoresheet thanks to an assistance aside from the goal, there was a player that helped the team control the gameon the midfield.
Who is the player that gave Chivas the ticket to Liguilla?
One of the things that Ricardo Cadena has excelled at doing since he took over the Chivas coaching job, is to give the young players that he knows from CD Tapatío an opportunity to display their talent with the first team, something that has been key for his success.
For the game against Pumas, he decided to start Alan Eduardo Torreon the midfield along Fernando Beltrán. His presence on the midfield gave “El Nene” the opportunity to add himself to the offense, as Torre was in charge of starting the plays.
Although it took a while for Chivas to establish themselves on the midfield in the first half, as Pumas pressure was too high, countering the tactical plan of Cadena, both Torre and Beltrán found the way to impose their playing style for the second half.
Cadena keeps the streak going
With the victory on Sunday night against Pumas, Ricardo Cadena remains unbeaten as Chivas coach and improved his record to 5-0-0, something that will help him make a case once the time comes to be taken in consideration to become Chivas’s next coach.