Jurgen Damm (pictured) has appeared in four games during the 2016 Liga MX Apertura season for Tigres. (Photo: Mexsport)
SAN NICOLAS DE LOS GARZA, Mexico – With the recent signing of French striker Andy Delort, Tigres strengthened further what was already considered one of the most talented squads in Liga MX.
The abundance of options that Tigres head coach Ricardo Ferretti has at his disposal in all areas of the field is enviable and, in the opinion of winger Jurgen Damm, it is also bringing out the best in the squad.
“We have to be cognizant that a team like Tigres, which has Mexico’s best squad, is always going to add important players,” said Damm. “Those of us that are here have to live with that. Important players are always going to be arriving and we have to maintain ourselves 100 percent to be in the starting lineup.”
It is no coincidence then that UANL (13 points) sits in third place in Liga MX -- just three points off the pace set by Apertura leader Club Tijuana after seven games -- and enjoys a five-point cushion atop Group G in the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League.
Damm feels that the internal competition for places is benefitting the entire side.
“It is always that competition arrives, it is always healthy competition,” the 23-year-old commented. “We all want to fight for a starting spot, so you have to try to do it in training in the best way and in the matches in which we play to show the coach that we want to be in the eleven. He will make his decision. He is the manager. He is the boss and will make the best decision for the good of the team.
Next up for Tigres is a visit to Enrique Meza’s fourth-place Morelia on Saturday. Just one point separate the two teams in the table.
“It is going to be a very important game,” finished Damm. “We know that Meza’s teams always play well, and also there is the subject of the points. It is going to be important to separate ourselves from the first two or three places. I think that is the requisite. Our objective is to maintain ourselves there, win and get the three points.”