The Clausura tournament has not gone to plan for Everton. At the start of the tournament, they were six points behind leaders Temuco. Now the Ruleteros sit 14 points adrift.
Everton have been forced to stop thinking about the preferred route of clinching automatic promotion ahead of Temuco, instead they must now focus purely on reaching their performance levels of the Apertura, where they clinched the championship to seal their place in the end of season play-off.
Victor Rivero admitted “First we have to reach our football level and that is the priority right now. We have not been fooling anyone, our concern is to achieve our best football level as soon as possible, and if that allows us to continue to have options (to win promotion direct), we will try to do”.
Everton currently sit 9th in the Clausura after only winning two and drawing two after seven games, a far cry from their dominant second-place finish in the Apertura.
What went wrong, no-one knows. The general feeling is that its ‘typical Everton’.
All that matters for the supporters is that Everton clinches promotion back to the Chilean top-flight. Rivero’s men will have the opportunity to do so at the end of the tournament when they play the winner of the Clausura in a two-legged play-off final.
The hope is that Everton are now over their slump after their two recent wins against Coquimbo Unido and Santiago Morning.
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