Tigres fit, ready for success on two fronts

Ismael Sosa (pictured) and Tigres have started the 2016/17 season unbeaten in seven games in all competitions. (Photo: Mexsport)


ZUAZUA, Mexico – Solid starts in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League and Liga MX Apertura have Tigres head coach Ricardo Ferretti feeling optimistic about his team’s chances of success in both competitions. 

Last week, UANL opened the 2016/17 SCCL campaign with a 3-1 win at Herediano, its first-ever win over the Costa Rican champion in three tournament meetings. That encounter was followed by a 4-2 defeat of Pachuca on Saturday, which kept third-place Tigres unbeaten in domestic play (3W-3D-0L).

“In order to proceed, you have to be humble and keep thinking that each match is distinct,” said Ferretti. “How do the two wins leave me? Happy. What do they leave me? That we have to keep working even more to achieve the two objectives for which we are aiming.”

Tigres shifts its focus back to the SCCL on Wednesday, when it hosts Panama’s Plaza Amador, which drew 1-1 with Herediano in week one. 

Thus far, the strain of playing in two competitions has not been a drain for Tigres. Ferretti gives the credit for that good fortune to the team’s physical trainer, Guillermo Orta. 

“I have a lot of confidence in Memo [Orta], who is the team’s physical trainer,” the 62-year-old remarked. “I’ve been working 24 years with him, it is a trust in full. I know that he is always going to have the team ready for me. There is wear and tear like there was in other seasons, many matches. They affected us a little, but I think now we are going well. There are always details of knocks, bruises, injuries that we look to the medical staff for recovery from them as soon as possible.”

Tigres is unbeaten in seven of eight all-time SCCL home games, suffering its only loss against Club America in last season’s final, first leg on April 20, 2016.