Tigres head coach Ricardo Ferretti (pictured) is looking to get his side back on track in the Liga MX Clausura before the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals start later this month. (Photo: Luis Licona/Straffon Images)
ZUAZUA, Mexico – While defending champion Tigres have endured a difficult start to the 2017 Liga MX Clausura Tigres (1W-1D-4L), head coach Ricardo Ferretti has complete faith in his team.
U.A.N.L. fell for a third straight time, dropping a 1-0 decision on Saturday at Pachuca, as its goal drought was extended to 278 minutes.
Ferretti, however, remains a beacon of calm during a frustrating stretch. Experience tells him that the only way to get back on track and regain the goal-scoring touch is through hard work.
“I have to believe in the work of my players, believe in the fans’ support, in many things and, above this, is to work and start getting positive results,” Ferretti said at his Monday press conference. “It is not the first time that I have been before you all in this situation and we have emerged from these problems and we have come out more united. Work more and the results will begin to come, that is all.”
There is plenty of veteran leadership in the squad, with 18 of the 29 rostered players being age 27 or older. That number includes seven players who have been on all three of Ferretti’s Liga MX title-winning teams (2011 Apertura, 2015 Apertura, 2016 Apertura): MF Damian Alvarez (37), DF Jorge Torres Nilo (29), DF Israel Jimenez (27), DF Juninho (34), DF Hugo Ayala (29), MF Manuel Viniegra (28) and MF Jesus Dueñas (27).
Thanks to their presence, there is no panic inside the dressing room despite sitting in 16th place.
“This is a mature group, with very experienced people and one should make them see certain things, but they also work mentally,” concluded Ferretti. “It’s not a question of thinking that I’m the only one that is going to work with the team to get their heads in things. They are experienced, capable players, so they alone can do a self-critique to see what they are not doing well and come and work.”