Tigres looks to stay focused on SCCL task
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Eduardo Vargas (pictured) scored in Tigres' win over visiting Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League semifinals on March 14, 2017, in San Nicolas de los Garza, Mexico. (Photo: Mexsport)

SAN NICOLAS DE LOS GARZA, Mexico – Tigres head coach Ricardo Ferretti was the picture of calm on Tuesday night following his team’s 2-0 win over visiting Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the first leg of their 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League semifinal.

UANL is now 90 minutes away from a second straight appearance in the SCCL final, yet -- in his post-match press conference -- Ferretti insisted that the series is far from over.

“It is a victory, but we should not get overconfident,” said the 63-year-old. “We should continue thinking with humility and when it’s time to face them again, we should have the same mentality as today.”

Vancouver’s decisive 3-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls in the quarterfinal, second leg is enough proof for Ferretti that the Canadians are capable of rallying.

For that reason, he doesn’t plan on adopting a defensive posture in the away leg on April 5.

“I have always liked equilibrium, being able to say that it is a priority to not allow a goal, and with the two that we have is already sufficient, but we cannot go in thinking about defending,” Ferretti commented. “We have to go on the offensive and we have to look for another goal. We have to play a similar match to the one today if we are aiming to advance to the final.”

One challenge that awaits at BC Place is the facility’s artificial surface. In the SCCL, Tigres last played on such a field in a 3-1 loss to the Seattle Sounders in a quarterfinal, second-leg encounter on March 12, 2013, and was eliminated from the competition, 3-2 on aggregate.

“It always affects (to play on an artificial surface) and more so for us because the only stadium that there is here (in Mexico) with that kind of pitch is Tijuana’s,” finished Ferretti. “Naturally, one looks to adapt as best as possible.

“We’ll look to train on synthetic turf for this match, but it would have to be in the future. During the FIFA break we have a friendly, but it is on natural grass. Later we will look for some place where we can train one or two days and adapt ourselves as quickly as possible.”