Guido Pizarro (yellow jersey) and Tigres are looking to return to the top of Liga MX during the 2016 Apertura. (Photo: Mexsport)
ZUAZUA, Mexico – As Tigres gets ready to open its preseason camp Sunday in Cancun, the club’s desire to regain the Liga MX title burns strong.
UANL captured the 2015 Apertura crown to earn a return to the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (SCCL), but it fell to archrival Monterrey (agg: 3-4) in the 2016 Clausura quarterfinals after securing the last playoff berth with an eighth-place finish in the regular season.
Midfielder Guido Pizarro believes that with the batteries recharged, a proper training period can act as a catalyst for a successful season.
"In the preseason, we have to formulate an important physical basis for the upcoming (2016 Liga MX Apertura) tournament,” said the 26-year-old Argentinean. “I think for the next tournament we have to be consistent, steady and each one of us give the most to the team.
"Last semester left us marked. If we don’t play as a team it is very complicated. Hopefully, next semester, we’re all in tune and we return to doing what we all want.”
Pizarro highlighted the arrival of new additions, including compatriot Ismael Sosa, an offensive midfielder, who scored 15 goals for Pumas during the 2015-16 campaign.
"I believe it's good (for the team), for me, if we see the offensive element,” he expressed. “There are many players that have already been reinforcements for the last tournament or in the past, and now incorporating more people there. It’s really going to create very important internal competition and that makes all performances rise because nobody can relax and that the best are going to play.”
Disappointed not to be on the Argentina for the currently contested Copa America Centenario, Pizarro vowed to work even harder to earn spot in his country’s selection.
"We are all here to go for more,” finished the former Lanus standout. “In my case, even with this possibility are watching me on the national team, I have to aim at that personally and to compete there, surely I have to improve even more.”
Tigres fell to Club America in the 2015/16 SCCL final and will compete against Plaza Amador and Herediano in Group G of the upcoming edition.