Manager rips Mexican league club Guadalajara's players after missing playoffs

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Paraguayan Jose Saturnino Cardozo, who manages the Mexican league's Guadalajara Chivas, ripped his squad this weekend for failing to make the Apertura tournament playoffs.

The club "will not tolerate another failure" and players should learn from the experience so they can meet the expectations of a fan base used to having a team that fights for the Liga MX title, Cardozo said.

The Chivas finished the regular season with just two home wins and 20 points out of a possible 51, sitting in 11th place in the standings.

"The tournament was not good for us because not qualifying (for the playoffs) is always a failure, but it wasn't all on us. The players left it all out on the field, but it was our turn to lose and that bothers us, it hurts," the manager said in a press conference following Saturday's loss to the Tigres.

The Chivas appeared headed to a tie with the Tigres, who won the match 1-0 on a last-minute goal.

"The team that doesn't win at home rarely qualifies for the playoffs, and we were not determined, not solid at home, we have to take the criticism. It hurts because we weren't tough," Cardozo said.

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