Action from the last Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League meeting in Heredia, Costa Rica, between host Herediano and Tigres (blue jersey) on August 26, 2015. (Photo: Imagenes en Costa Rica)
HEREDIA, Costa Rica -- Given the results between Herediano and Tigres in the only two times they faced each other in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, their Group G encounter on Wednesday night could be a close one.
The sides battled to a 1-1 draw here on August 26, 2015, before playing to a scoreless stalemate at Tigres on October 24.
UANL won the group and reached the final, ultimately falling 4-1 on aggregate to Club America earlier this year.
Head coach Ricardo Ferretti downplayed any notion that the Liga MX power would be considered the favorite at the Estadio Eladio Rosabal Cordero.
"This story of giants is over for years, there are no giants, there is nothing," Ferretti said, adding there "are two professional teams, from two different countries that are going to face each other.
“While Mexico continues handling this situation there is a negative pressure and [it's] always the same. If you win, it is because you had an obligation to win, and if you lose [they] kill you. We cannot forget that the football world has evolved. "
Ferretti's team will be bolstered by the inclusion of Mexico internationals midfielder Jesús Dueñas and defender Jorge Torres Nilo, who recently returned from the Olympic Games.
While Tigres (2W-3D-0L, 9 points) is undefeated and in fourth place in the 2016 Apertura -- three points behind leaders Club Tijuana and Pachuca -- it has scored only four goals, while recording five consecutive shutouts to start the season.
The 62-year-old Ferretti remarked that the group must "naturally improve the amount of goals we have. It is not what we wanted, but I think I have a group capable and will seek to work to improve."
In its SCCL opener, Herediano rallied for 1-1 draw at Panama’s Plaza Amador thanks to a Yendrick Ruiz equalizer shortly after the break, which made him the Florenses’ all-time leading scorer in the competition with seven goals.
Herediano currently sits second in the 2016 Costa Rican Invierno with a 4-2-1 mark and trails Saprissa by three points.