Tigres players (pictured) celebrate after scoring at Puebla in a Liga MX Clausura match on March 5, 2017. (Photo: Federico Gutierrez/Straffon Images)
SAN NICOLAS DE LOS GARZA, Mexico – Playing two matches in a week can be a drain for some clubs, but for Tigres that kind of schedule appears to have been the remedy to its 2017 Liga MX Clausura blues.
Heading into a February 17 date at Veracruz, four days prior to the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal, first leg against Pumas, UANL’s record stood at just 1W-1D-4L.
Three weeks and five matches later, Tigres has improved to 3W-2D-4L, while also securing advancement to the SCCL semifinals. A return to the rhythm of international competition appears to have sparked head coach Ricardo Ferretti’s side into playing its best football of the season.
“I once again insist that these two [Liga MX] victories give us confidence, passage to the Champions League semifinals is another source of motivation, but we have to continue confirming these things because we are going to host the league leaders,” said Ferretti.
Saturday’s tilt with high-flying Guadalajara will be followed by the first leg of the SCCL semifinals on Tuesday against visiting Vancouver Whitecaps FC, a final-four debutant.
After guiding Tigres to the SCCL final last season, Ferretti understands how momentum can carry over into domestic-league play.
“After [Guadalajara] we have a date against the Canadian team [Whitecaps FC], which has a strong squad,” the 63-year-old concluded. “I hope my team continues on this line of positive results.”