Action from the Liga MX Clausura match between visiting Tigres (yellow jersey) and Jaguares de Chiapas on January 29, 2017, in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico. (Photo: Miguel Abarca/Straffon Images)
ZUAZUA, Mexico – With just three weeks remaining until the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League resumes with quarterfinal play, Tigres is looking to boost its away form.
On Sunday, UANL fell to 0W-0D-2L on the road in the 2017 Liga MX Clausura after a 1-0 loss at Chiapas. Two weeks earlier, the Mexican champion dropped a 2-0 decision to host Atlas in Guadalajara.
For a team of such high stature, this is unusual territory.
In the 2016 Clausura, Tigres posted a respectable combined 3-4-4 away record in regular- and post-season games, while in the 2016 Apertura, head coach Ricardo Ferretti’s men ringed up a sensational 6-4-1 travel record as part of their 2016 Apertura title-winning run.
Midfielder Damian Alvarez knows there’s room for improvement.
“We can be the best away from home again,” said the 37-year-old, whose side is 2-3-2 in its last seven SCCL away games. “There have been two away matches and we lost both. It’s on us to change that.
“We are not going to turn ourselves upside down for doing well at home and not well away from home. I think that those two results didn’t come through a little because of the merit of the opponent and another reason is because the team didn’t play well.”
If that turnaround away from home can happen prior to their SCCL quarterfinal series against Pumas, which begins February 22, then Alvarez & Co. will be feeling good about a second straight appearance in the final.