Tigres’ confidence grows ahead of SCCL final

Ismael Sosa gets a hug from Andre-Pierre Gignac after scoring in Tigres' win over visiting Pumas in a Liga MX Clausura match on April 15, 2017, in San Nicolas de los Garza, Mexico. (Photo: Andrea Jimenez/Straffon Images)

SAN NICOLAS DE LOS GARZA, Mexico – A 4-0 win over Pumas on Saturday in the 2017 Liga MX Clausura has provided a serious boost to Tigres’ Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League title aspirations. 

UANL jumped to ninth place in the table, losing only once in its last eight matches (4W-3D-1L) and conceding one goal or fewer in each of those outings. 

With the SCCL final, first-leg encounter against visiting Pachuca set for Tuesday, the defending Mexican champion appears poised for a pair of title runs over the next few weeks. 

“We have confidence,” said Tigres defender Jorge Torres Nilo. “We believe in the work we are doing. We know our capability and that if we do things easy, we have a lot of possibilities.” 

Tigres is searching for a first-ever international crown in its second straight trip to the CONCACAF decider after falling 4-1 on aggregate to Club America last year, while Pachuca is looking to lift the SCCL trophy for the second time. 

“Ahead, we have a very dynamic team like Pachuca and we are going to be alert,” Torres Nilo finished. “It is not going to be easy at all and we are going to take advantage of all the opportunities that are presented to us.”