With just two games as the coach of the first team, Ricardo Cadena already faced his first problem in Chivas, as Ricardo Peláez is jeopardizing the possibilities of El Rebaño Sagrado of making it into Repechaje with two more games to be played.
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Currently, El Rebaño are standing nine after 15 rounds of Clausura 2022with 20 points, enough to be on the mix for a place in Repechaje but not enough to already have ensured their presence in the playoffs, as they’re closely followed by seven teams that still have mathematical possibilities.
Below them, Atlético San Luis is tied in points with them, although the goal difference favors Chivas. Pumas and Club León have 19 points and will try to remain in the 11 and 12 places, although their irregular performances could say otherwise. Finally, Mazatlán and Toluca have 18 points, and Santos Laguna and Xolos de Tijuana, with 16 points each, are waiting for a miracle.
Cadena knows that they need at least one more victory to clinch a playoff spot, but if they want to have home advantage in Repechaje, they will have to win both remaining games, something that doesn’t seem to be as clear for Ricardo Peláez.
Alexis Vega won’t play with El Tri against Guatemala, but Fernando Beltrán will
Cadena knows that if they want to aspire to end in the top half of the table, they need to have their best players ready to go, which is why he didn’t want to loan Alexis Vega to the friendly game that Mexico National Team will have against Guatemala on April 27.
Ricardo Peláez understood the request of Cadena and decided to keep Vega with the team, but that didn’t stop him from loaning Fernando “Nene” Beltrán, who just returned from an injury that kept him sidelined for the past two games.
According to reports from sports journalist Jesús Hernández, Peláez’s decision didn’t sit well with Cadena, as he knows that if Beltrán is forced he could aggravate the injury from which he just recovered, hence leaving Chivas without one of their best players.
Will Beltrán make it to Qatar 2022?
Gerardo “Tata” Martino will use the game against Guatemala to tryout players that he doesn’t usually call to El Tri, as he’s looking to add a couple more player to the final roster. Beltrán, who won the bronze medal in Tokyo 2020, knows that he has a chance of making it to the World Cup as long as he keeps playing well, and Chivas returns to the top half of Liga MX table.