Pumas confident ahead of Tigres showdown

Pumas (pictured) celebrates after earning a draw at Tigres in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals on February 22, 2017, in San Nicolas de los Garza, Mexico. (Photo: Mexsport)

MEXICO CITY – Heading into Wednesday’s 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal, second leg against Tigres, host Pumas is deriving confidence from last week’s 1-1 series opening draw.

Matias Brito’s header in the 62nd minute rallied the Mexico City side, which had conceded to Eduardo Vargas just minutes before the end of the first half. In the event of a scoreless stalemate at the Estadio Olimpico Universitario, that away goal will prove valuable.

“It was a good result for us,” said Pumas midfielder Abraham Gonzalez. “They are the ones who have to go out and attack no matter what because they need the goal. I think that if we play the same and we have the same attitude as in Monterrey, we will continue advancing in the tournament.”

Pumas has won three CONCACAF club titles (1980, 1982, 1989) -- all of them in the old Champions Cup – but Gonzalez would like to add a SCCL trophy to that resume, especially for the supporters.

“It is clear that our fans are like another player for us,” he finished. “The truth is that they help us a lot. In that aspect we are calm because we know that they are necessary for us…that they will always support us.”

Pumas is unbeaten in its last six SCCL home games (5W-1D-0L), scoring a remarkable 24 goals during that stretch.