Luis Michel walked off the field on Sunday quietly; with his head down he gave a glimpse of relief as another season ended. Underperforming has been a Chivas trademark as of late and a string of back-to-back defeats puts them at the same point they were last season, square one.
For Michel, this season was the worst since the 2009 Apertura where he conceded 29 goals. That season Chivas finished 14th in the table and well out contention for a liguilla spot. Despite allowing 22 goals, Michel was key to qualifying to the liguilla this season after missing the cut last season.
His play throughout the year salvaged various draws and at times Chivas escaped defeat thanks to his contribution. His performances over the last three games have exposed just how bad the defense is, as well as his value to the team. I first saw Michel in person when he played against the Houston Dynamo in 2008. Michel controlled the box and his presence was evident from kick-off to the final whistle.
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