Tigres' Ismael Sosa tries to avoid a pair of tackles in a Liga MX Clausura match against host Monterrey on April 22, 2017, in Guadalupe, Mexico. (Photo: Andrea Jimenez/Straffon Images)
MONTERREY, Mexico – For Tigres head coach Ricardo Ferretti, there would be no better way to get over a 1-0 loss to rival Monterrey than winning the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League title on Wednesday at Pachuca.
“I believe in my players, their mentality and their professionalism, so that on Wednesday we can leave this painful loss behind thinking about the possibility of being champions of the [SCCL],” Ferretti said after the setback.
UANL, which saw its unbeaten streak in all competitions be snapped at five matches, is searching for a first-ever SCCL crown after falling in last year’s decider to Club America, 4-1 on aggregate.
“I hope that losing the derby does not cause too much pain,” finished Ferretti. “We have been able to totally change the chip from one competition to the other. It is not going to be easy. We lost the most important [league] match of the 17 that we have.”
Tigres and Pachuca played to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the SCCL final on April 18 at the Estadio Universitario.