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Cruz Azul fired its coach, Raúl Gutiérrez, on Mondaydue to the poor results of the team in the Clausura 2023 Mexican soccer tournament, in which penultimate in the table with a draw and four defeats.
“The board of directors of the Cruz Azul soccer club informs that according to the results in the last matches, the decision was made to remove technical director Raúl Erasto Gutiérrez“, said the team in a statement on their social networks.
Cruz Azul tied with Tijuana on the first date of the championship, after which they lost to Monterrey, Necaxa, Tigres and Toluca to place themselves as the second worst squad in the league, with the poorest attack in the competition, four goals scored, and the eleventh defense, with nine goals conceded.
The poor performance has been criticized in recent hours by emblematic figures of the institution, such as the scorer of the 90s Carlos Hermosillo, who described the leaders as mediocre and complained about poor planning.
The Argentine Emanuel Villa, leading scorer of the 2009 Apertura with the sky-blues, mentioned the Argentine as salvageable for the team Carlos Rotondi, for his pride, the Mexican midfielder Carlos Rodríguez, for his clarity, the Uruguayan Ignacio Rivero for his “four lungs” and the Paraguayan defender Juan Escobar, for his good work at the back.
After more than 23 years without a league title, the Blues won the scepter in the Clausura 2021, led by the Peruvian Juan Reynoso, but after that, They were eliminated in the playoffs by Monterrey in the 2021 Apertura and in the quarterfinals of the 2022 Clausura, by Tigres, and in the 2022 Apertura, by Monterrey.
The board of directors thanked the commitment shown by Gutiérrez and announced that will take the necessary actions to achieve the results required by the institution.
Cruz Azul will reappear next Friday as a visitor to the Puebla, on the eighth day of the Clausura and on Wednesday the 22nd, will hold its match corresponding to the seventh date, against Atlas.
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