• Tuesday May 23, 2017

    Ferretti, Almeyda have histories in reaching finals

    Guadalajara and Tigres will meet in the 2017 Liga MX Clausura final under the leadership of Matias Almeyda (left) and Ricardo Ferretti (right), respectively. (Photo: Victor Straffon/Straffon Images)

    MONTERREY, Mexico – If there is one similar trait shared by both Tigres and Guadalajara – the 2017 Liga MX Clausura finalists -- it is their history of contesting finals under their current respective head coaches Ricardo Ferretti and Matias Almeyda.

    CONCACAF.com takes a look at the successes of each manager

    Ricardo Ferretti - Tigres

    • In his third spell with the club, what Ferretti has accomplished at the Estadio Universitario is remarkable, winning three league titles (2011 Apertura, 2015 Apertura and 2016 Apertura) and one Copa MX crown (2014 Clausura).
    • Ferretti’s lone defeat in a domestic league final came in the 2014 Apertura to Club America (agg: 3-0).
    • On the international front, Ferretti has also enjoyed great success. Tigres has reached the last two Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League finals (2015/16: lost 1-4 on aggregate v Club America; 2016/17: lost 1-2 on aggregate v Pachuca) and also competed in the 2015 Copa Libertadores final (lost 0-3 on aggregate v River Plate).
    • Ferretti’s success in Mexico is not solely with Tigres. The 63-year-old also led Guadalajara (1997 Verano) and Pumas (2010) to domestic crowns.
    • Ferretti was also a CONCACAF Champions Cup winner in 2003 while at the helm of Toluca.

    Matias Almeyda - Guadalajara

    • While Almeyda’s time in Mexico is not as long as Ferretti’s, the Argentine has proven to be a skilled manager when it comes to winning finals.
    •  In the past two years, Almeyda has guided the Guadalajara to two Copa MX titles (2015 Apertura, 2017 Clausura) and a Supercopa MX crown (2016).
    • Should Almeyda deliver a victory in the 2017 Clausura final, it would be Chivas’ first Liga MX title since the 2006 Apertura.
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