Pumas head coach Juan Francisco Palencia (pictured) speak to the press after his team's loss to visiting Tigres in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals on March 1, 2017, in Mexico City. (Photo: Mexsport)
MEXICO CITY – Pumas head coach Juan Francisco Palencia was left frustrated by the defensive errors that led to his team’s 3-0 loss to visiting Tigres on Wednesday, eliminating it from the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League at the quarterfinal stage, 4-1 on aggregate.
The defeat was UNAM’s first at home in its last seven SCCL matches at the Estadio Olimpico Universitario, where it conceded more than one only once in 17 previous tournament outings.
“It is totally mine,” said Palencia, who took responsibility for the result. “Obviously, the boys made an effort. I think you cannot crucify the four defenders at the back because they are all a team.
"I liked the whole match. For me, we just didn't know how to finish the match."
While Pumas didn’t reach the final for the fourth time in as many attempts, Palencia rejected any notion that the campaign was without merit.
“It was an objective that was not met,” the 43-year-old remarked. “Not all things in life are failures. When you don’t put everything into what is in your hands and you don’t do it with passion and hope…that is a failure.
“With us it was only an objective that was unable to be accomplished. We have to continue working."