Tigres takes aim at Necaxa prior to Herediano showdown

Tigres' Jurgen Damm (left) has scored two goals in his last 19 Liga MX games. (Photo: Victor Straffon/Straffon Images)


SAN NICOLAS DE LOS GARZA, Mexico – With the international break concluded, teams competing in the final week of group-stage play in the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League are already back to work ahead of the weekend’s domestic games. 

One of those sides – Tigres -- will host Necaxa in the Liga MX Apertura on Saturday, knowing that it has an even more important task three days later.

UANL (2W-0D-1L, 6 points) will be visited on October by Costa Rican champion Herediano (1-1-1, 4) in a SCCL encounter to determine the Group G winner. A draw or better will see Ricardo Ferretti’s side through to the quarterfinals. 

Speaking with media Wednesday, Tigres winger Jurgen Damm emphasized that Necaxa is one of the most difficult teams to break down in Mexican football. In 12 games, the Rayos have conceded six goals at home and six goals on the road.

“It’s a very organized team from back to front,” said Damm, who hasn’t scored in five appearances. “They have game-changing players up top and we have to be very alert in that situation. Obviously, we have to know that when we play at home teams tend to stay back more, so we have to look for more variances, more options in order to not get desperate. We have to move the ball and try to take advantage of our chances. 

Tigres (6-5-1. 23) currently sits second in the Apertura -- four points behind Club Tijuana. Before the international dates, it lost for the first time this season, dropping a 3-2 decision at Leon. Despite that result, Damm believes the squad will remain on track.

“I think the team is going very well,” the 23-year-old remarked. “Obviously, errors were committed in the last match that cost us the loss, but, in general, the team had possession of the ball, good chances and, at best, we lacked finishing off our chances. 

“But, in general, the team is very good. We are in second place. The last four or five important matchdays are coming up in order to enter the Liguilla as best as possible.”