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Chivas' slow league start has prompted Johan Cruyff, labelled as the team's point man in all sporting operations, to publish a written statement on Tuesday detailing his analysis of the 11-time Mexican champions' season so far.
Cruyff stressed for patience above all, noting that he would not give in to the temptation of firing current manager John Van't Schip in order to bring a quick fix. "If you change coaches once or twice every season," the former Barcelona player and manager said, "you're not going to get people to embrace your philosophy and keep it stable."
Van't Schip has lead the team to just one win over six league matches, as well as a humiliating defeat to Guatemalan side Xelaju in the CONCACAF Champions League group stage.
With the transfer deadline fast approaching, Cruyff was quick to strike down any rumors regarding Marco Fabian and Jorge Enriquez, who had been linked to European moves following their strong Olympic campaign in London earlier this summer.
Transfer talk involving Bayern Munich and Fabian had been previously referenced, with Cruyff making light of the supposed interest.
"There have been some rumors involving these players who participated in the Olympic Games, but most of those are not true. However, it's normal that European teams pay attention to them following Mexico's run in London 2012," Cruyff continued.
"Our players know that they must first show what they're capable of at Chivas," he said. "Later on, we'll help them find a good future in Europe if they have quality."
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