Chivas coach Flores downplays suggestion of 'crisis'

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Mexico's most historic club currently sits in the penultimate position of the general table. Chivas de Guadalajara have garnered a meager seven points in eight weeks of play, as a result of one victory, two draws and three defeats.

Despite their unconventional form, boss Efraín Flores remains optimistic and has thrown out any possibility of a crisis after their recent 5-2 defeat to Pachuca.

"Big defeats are always unfortunate," explained Flores. "But they are also fortuitous, because I think the match did not deserve such a scandalous score. I believe that in attitude and effort my team showed a great heart, and all we needed was a bit more order," he added. "Pachuca was the opposite, they had more order than heart, and that is why they beat us."

The under-fire Flores reached the centenary milestone as a coach in Primera División this past weekend, after having previously coached Atlas and Leon. This is not his best torneo and he has experienced some setbacks with his club, but he has supreme confidence that his players will rise from this situation.

"To some it may be [a crisis]," he explained. "To me, as long as I see my team and players battling with their hearts, like they have been doing, I would not call it a crisis. When that devotion and attitude exists, you are always closer to rise out of it."

Last week, there was speculation that controversial Chivas owner Jorge Vergara was planning to sack Flores after the Pachuca match. This was further evident when unemployed former PSV and Valencia coach, Ronald Koeman, attended the game. Still, Vergara declared that Koeman was simply his guest and that the position of Flores on the team is safe.