Chivas managed to beat Pumas for the second time in two weeks, although this time the victory gave them a ticket to Liguilla, where they will face Atlas in a new edition of the Clásico Tapatío, game that ended in a scoreless draw during the regular season.
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Ricardo Cadena will be in charge of El Rebaño Sagrado for the first Clásico in his short career coaching in Liga MX, and even if it seems like a difficult task, the 5-game unbeaten streak that Chivas currently have gives him all the morale boost needed.
But he also knows that for Chivas to succeed, not only this Liguilla but in the upcoming seasons, they need to find a new striker, as Ángel Zaldívar, who has been the starting forward for both Marcelo Michel Leaño and Ricardo Cadena, hasn’t been up to standards.
After starting the season with two goals in the same number of games, Zaldívar’s performances came to less as Clausura 2022 progressed, as he only managed to score one goal after that, in the 3-1 defeat against Monterrey, which is why El Rebaño is after a new striker to replace him.
They already found the perfect candidate
The 28-year-old Mexican striker has proven that he doesn’t have the level to be playing in a team like Chivas, as his production is always below from what is expected from a player on his position, something that could be the end of his stint with El Rebaño.
Even if he still is under contract with Chivas until 2024, he could be on the move over the summer, as reports from Multimedios, El Rebaño Sagrado already is negotiating the arrival of his replacement out of CF Monterrey, who finished their participation in Clausura 2022 after being eliminated by Atlético San Luis.
Sources confirm that Alfonso Alvarado is close to becoming Chivas’s first addition for Apertura 2022, as the 22-year-old forward showed what he’s capable of during Clausura 2022, although having Rogelio Funes Mori and Vincent Janssen above him on the list will complicate his growth if he stays in Rayados.
How much will Chivas have to pay for him?
The reports suggest that even if Monterrey is willing to part ways with "Plátano" Alvarado, they are looking to send him on a loan with option to buy, something that benefits Chivas, as they would only have to pay his salary and would get a look at his talent before deciding if they fully invest in him.