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Chivas boss Tena backs Tata Martino’s motion to cut back on foreigners

Before Mexico faces off against Bermuda in the CONCACAF Nations League, El Tri boss Tata Martino demanded that Liga MX lower the quota of foreign players in clubs.

Liga MX currently allows nine non-homegrown players per 18-player matchday squad but doesn’t limit the amount of foreigners that can be registered at each club.

Chivas manager Luis Fernando Tena, who needs a miracle for his side to qualify for the Liguilla even if they beat Veracruz, agreed with the request made by the Argentine manager.

“Yes, I totally agree. I heard on television what he said Gerardo Martino and I agree, there are too many foreigners.

“I think you have to go down but obviously, it has to be gradual, because if a team has 12 foreigners and suddenly they say six, what do you do with the other six?”

He suggested: “Within a year there could be eight on the pitch and the next seven and gradually lower every year, gradually.

“Teams could plan their templates much better, but right now there are too many foreign players in our country.”

Chivas have not fielded any foreign players since their inception in 1908, though a few US-born Mexicans have played for the club.