• Saturday May 27, 2017

    Ferretti says Tigres ready to meet Liga MX Clausura final challenge

    Head coach Ricardo Ferretti (pictured) is hoping to guide Tigres to a second straight Liga MX title. (Photo: Andrea Jimenez/Straffon Images)

    SAN NICOLAS DE LOS GARZA, Mexico – Tigres head coach Ricardo Ferretti praised his team’s spirit in coming back from a 2-0 deficit to earn a 2-2 draw against visiting Guadalajara in the first leg of the 2017 Liga MX Clausura final on Thursday night at the Estadio Universitario.

    In a post-match press conference, the UANL boss shared his thoughts:

    IT’S ANYONE’S FINAL

    “It’s a coin flip and we have the hope of earning it, and they also have hope.  I don’t think Chivas Stadium is going to be too hard for us.  We are a team with very experienced players, with a great history in ‘clasicos’, tough matches and everything.  We have always met that challenge and I don’t think [Sunday] is going to be an exception.”

    COMBATING CHIVAS’ GAMEPLAN

    “Chivas planned their match adequately, looking to limit spaces and then closing them down in all ways.  Separately, they find themselves with two goals that are situations that can happen to anyone.”

    COMEBACK SPIRIT

    “The mistakes were costly, but the character and the football, the desire, the sacrifice makes the result that we have now more than fair.  My team did everything possible to be able to win.  We drew, but to earn a draw leaves us in a very good position mentally.”

    NOTES…

    • Tigres confirmed that defender Hugo Ayala was substituted out of the match at halftime due to a left leg injury, however he is expected to be able to play Sunday’s second leg.

     

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