MEXICO CITY ( Associated Press) — In his presentation after beating Monterrey, Chivas coach Velko Paunovic said sometimes you have to win games with pain. On Wednesday, the Serb said he too could be the hallmark of the team in the Mexican Clausura.
Guadalajara won 1–0 away at Rayados, in which their goalkeeper Miguel Jimenez had a figure with seven goals and the opponent also missed a penalty.
“We are facing a great opponent who made it difficult, when you have to suffer against a great opponent without breaking yourself, you show your potential,” Paunovic told a press conference. “Sometimes you play like this, it’s valid.”
Paunovic is in Mexico with a mission to headline Chivas in his first tournament.
Guadalajara has not had a champion since the Clausura 2017. Since then he has only been able to use the league for the title twice – his best performance was when he reached the semi-finals in the Apertura 2021.
Those poor results led team owner Amaury Vergara to fire sporting director Ricardo Peláez and replace him with Fernando Hierro.
Spanish Hierro, who worked in that position with his country’s selection, selected Paunović and players Víctor Guzmán, Ronaldo Cisneros and Daniel Ríos as their signings in the winter market.
“The team is still in a training phase, the last phase I would say is football that is circumstantial because of the late additions, but you have to keep the panorama and the context we have,” the Serbian coach said on the first date of the operation. To justify.
In addition, Chivas could not count on Mexican national teammate Roberto Alvarado in Qatar 2022, who underwent scrotal surgery, nor on striker José Juan Macias, who tore the cruciate ligament in his right knee last June and has been back Will come back Courts. until March.
Chivas is now getting ready to face Atlético San Luis for the second date in the match between the winning teams in their presentation.
Although on paper, Guadalajara look like favorites against the fifth-lowest-paid team in Mexico, Paunovic sees a complex duel and yes, with anguish.
“In football you always suffer because I don’t go out and dominate all your rivals,” said the Serbian coach. “We will always suffer, it is the ability to endure suffering that determines the champion.”