Without a spot in the playoffs, Chivas' season would have been a failure, the team's owner said.Chivas have had a less-than-stellar Apertura 2010 season, perhaps made more difficult by the team's Copa Libertadores failures.
If Chivas do not reach the postseason, club owner Jorge Vergara maintained that, despite all the obstacles the team faced, this campaign will have been a failure as well.
"If we do not qualify for the Liguilla, then this season would be a failure," Vergara told reporters. "However, I believe we are putting together a good group of youngsters so this is part of the process. We had a great accomplishment in reaching the Copa Libertadores final."
Entering the last week of the season, Chivas are in a heap of trouble. The club needs, first and foremost, a victory over Monterrey which would improve their record to 4-3-10 and would give them 22 points. Then, the team needs for a slew of other games to go their way as losses from Pachuca, Toluca, Morelia and Pumas would also help.
Still, Vergara tempered his sentiments somewhat when looking at the unique challenges Chivas have had.
"Taking into consideration and evaluating what happened in the World Cup, with the players that were taken away from us, the frustrations over not having been able to win Copa Libertadores, the number of injuries we've had during games and not having been able to play the players we've wanted to, I believe we're in a positive situation," Vergara said.
Chivas have had problems finding the back of the net. The club has scored 13 goals, tied with Necaxa for the fewest amount in the league. But help is on the horizon, Vergara insisted.
"I believe we have young and very interesting players," Vergara said. "(Omar) Arellano, who needs just a little bit more; Jesus Sanchez, Michel Vazquez; we have a youngster named Erick Torres who will debut very soon, he's a goal scorer with the Under-17s. So we have the manner in which to find goals."