The LA Galaxy have yet to win a game with Chicharito in the lineup, something his detractors are pointing to as the Galaxy are on a three-game losing streak and winless since the Mexican star returned to the lineup.
But Chicharito said in spite of the lack of results, the team remains upbeat about their prospects.
“The attitude is positive, just want to improve, just want to move forward. We want positive results, we want victories,” he told reporters in English during the Galaxy’s pregame press availability on Thursday.
The Galaxy will take on the San Jose Earthquakes in San Jose on Saturday in the latest edition of the California Clasico. Normally that game would be a good slump buster for LA with the Earthquakes struggling of late, but San Jose are coming off a comeback win over LAFC and the Galaxy’s current slump began with a dull 0-0 draw against the Quakes in Northern California.
Coincidence or not, LA are 4-1-1 with Chicharito not playing this season, and 0-5-2 when he has seen the field. Asked about that, he didn’t shy away from the poor stats.
“When I was out the team played very good and the team won four games in a row but before that we didn’t have a good tournament in Orlando and right now we don’t have a good run of games as well,” Chicharito explained. “So what we’re looking for is just consistency. We want to win, we want to win in a very attractive way, too, for fans and get the three points every time we play against any team in the MLS. It’s complicated, like you said. It’s not an excuse, it’s a reality, but hopefully in San Jose, Saturday we can get the three points.”
So what is ailing the Galaxy attack at present? Chicharito was unwilling to weigh in, deferring to LA head coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto, although it did sound more deferential than confronting the boss in the press, it must be said.
“That’s a question completely for Guillermo,” he said. “Me, as a player I always try to do my best. I try to give as many options to my teammates so the ball can come, but that’s a question for Guillermo. For me I’m going to keep running, I’m going to keep doing my best. If it’s one minute, if it’s 90 minutes and hopefully I can help the team in any way.”
Does Chicharito hear about the negative press as he’s scored one goal in 509 minutes of action with the Galaxy so far? He says he doesn’t pay any attention to what’s outside the team.
“I don’t know nothing about that because really people are not going to believe, but I don’t read nothing,” he said. “I just speak with the manager, the manager is happy with my performances, with my stats, running. Obviously he will want all of us to improve in a soccer way, you know what I mean. But he always asks to give my effort and today he said my stats have been very good, very happy with that and obviously the team is going to improve and by a consequence if we, each other, improve our level, improve our soccer inside the pitch I think the whole team is going to improve and obviously I’m going to get more chances. I will get more goals, assists I will be more involved with the team.
“I think everything will come eventually, obviously we’re working very hard so that could happen quicker than later.”
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