Ismael Sosa (pictured) has scored two of Tigres' four goals after five games of the 2017 Liga MX Clausura season. (Photo: Tomas Palacios/Straffon Images)
SAN NICOLAS DE LOS GARZA, Mexico – After being shutout in two straight games, head coach Ricardo Ferretti is confident that Tigres will soon get back on the right scoring track.
Through the opening five matches of the 2017 Liga MX Clausura, UANL has netted four goals. For a club that struck 29 during the 2016 Clausura regular season and 22 during the 2016 Apertura regular season, the current tally has not met self-imposed standards.
After striking for four goals in a 4-2 win over visiting Club America on January 21, Tigres has not scored in its last 188 minutes of Liga MX play.
Ferretti isn’t panicking.
“The lack of goals does not worry me because we are generating chances,” said the 62-year-old. “It would worry me more if we were not creating.”
There’s plenty of firepower in the Tigres arsenal, but only two players – Ismael Sosa (2 goals) and Lucas Zelarayan (2 goals) – have found the back of the net.
France international Andre-Pierre Gignac has been blanked in four appearances, while newly-acquired Chile star Eduardo Vargas played only 17 minutes in his debut on Sunday – a 1-0 loss to Toluca.
With a 2016 Apertura title in the bank as collateral, Ferretti is preaching patience.
“You have to keep working,” he finished. “It sounds trite, but there’s no other way to say it. Rest? I don’t believe so. Nor are we going to drive ourselves crazy.
“There is always pressure. There are always demands and we are disposed to work in order to achieve our goals.”