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Veljko Paunovic, three defeats in a row for the first time

Saturday’s 4-0 defeat to América was Chivas’ heaviest defeat in the Súper Clásico. It was was also a first in the Serbian coach’s career...

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Chivas have certainly improved under Veljko Paunovic but recent results have seen the team lose their place at the top of the Liga MX standings. Saturday’s 4-0 defeat to América means they have lost more ground and also brought up a gloomy statistic for the Serbian coach, who has lost three games in a row for the first time during his managerial career.

Since Paunovic took over Chivas he had only suffered a couple of consecutive defeats, but since the team’s return from the Leagues Cup, things have gone from bad to worse. Guadalajara have won just one game since the domestic league resumed.


The negative run started with a 2-1 defeat to Santos Laguna at the Comarca Lagunera in Matchday 6. The following week they hosted Monterrey at the Akron where the visitors came away with a victory by the same scoreline.

This weekend’s visit to the Azteca for the Clásico Nacional was a disaster. Paunovic’s men were thrashed 4-0 by América - Chivas’ heaviest defeat in this fixture and the coach’s third consecutive defeat in Mexico. The result also saw Chivas drop to sixth place in the general table with 13 points - they were leaders after the Matchday 3 games.

In the Leagues Cup Chivas suffered two consecutive defeats - losing to Kansas City and Cincinnati; during the previous tournament, the Clausura 2023, they racked up straight defeats to América and Puebla - the only time they lost two on the trot.