A dramatic penalty shootout win over Toronto FC handed Chivas the CONCACAF Champions League title on Wednesday night and Matías Almeyda, a fifth trophy in less than three years.
Relatively unknown in Mexico when arriving in Guadalajara in September 2015, Matías Almeyda’s bold claims that we would wake up the giant looked somewhat ill-advised. Chivas were in relegation danger and the thought of recapturing titles was someway off but Almeyda has backed up his words and with the CONCACAF Champions League triumph, the 44-year-old goes down as one of the historic clubs most successful managers.
Toronto managed to equal the aggregate score in Guadalajara with a 2-1 win after 90 minutes but Michael Bradley’s missed penalty saw Chivas continue Mexico’s dominance in the Champions League and book their place at the Club World Cup.
Prior to that, Chivas must secure Almeyda’s future with the Argentine coach saying: “I need to visit my family, my grandma — who is ill in Argentina — and my sisters, but before that, I will talk to the directors calmly.”
Almeyda certainly won’t be short of options after adding the Champions League title to the Liga MX, two Copa MXs and Supercopa MX already won in his short period in Mexico and whether or not the Rojiblancos do manage to keep hold of their talismanic coach, Almeyda’s future appears to be in Europe.
Chivas players just burst into coach Matias Almeyda’s press conference and soaked the Argentine! The Guadalajara club is celebrating its Concacaf Champions League title after overcoming Toronto on penalties. #ligamxeng #cclfever pic.twitter.com/F8Y1VaacmG
— Tom Marshall (@mexicoworldcup) April 26, 2018