• Tuesday Apr 11, 2017

    Tigres gearing for two-front tests

    Tigres (pictured) has won its last three games in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League. (Photo: Mexsport)

    SAN NICOLAS DE LOS GARZA, Mexico – Ricardo Ferretti knows that Tigres’ first-ever Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League title will only come as a result of hard work and determination.

    In speaking to the media on Monday, the head speculated on UANL’s chances of prevailing over Pachuca in the two-legged final, while also pursuing a second straight Liga MX crown.

    On Tuesday, 12th-place Tigres (3W-4D-5L) hosts second-place Guadalajara (7-3-2) in Clausura play.

    “All of this is a dream that we have…beating Chivas, Pumas (April 15, home) and later win the Champions League, the ‘Clasico’ [April 22, away v Monterrey] and later qualify [for the playoffs] and win the championship,” said Ferretti. “There is a reality and this is a dream that one should work for and reach, but the reality is that the team has not gotten the necessary wins to think about [postseason] qualification.”

    With the SCCL final, first leg set for April 18, Tigres got some good news on the injury front. Defender Luis Advincula and winger Jurgen Damm -- each of whom missed Tigres’ 2-1 victory over host Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the semifinal, second leg -- are back in the fold, while defender Jorge Ivan Estrada is also nearing a return.

    “We have our list of 20 [for the Chivas match],” he finished. “Damm and Luis Advincula will reintegrate with the squad and there’s the possibility of “Gutty” Estrada. The only ones I lack are [forward] Luis Quiñones and [defender Jose Arturo] Rivas. Those two are still in a delayed part of recovery, and the one that definitely won’t be available is [midfielder] Manuel Viniegra, who was operated on.”

    Tigres is winless in its last three Clausura games, going 0-2-1, conceding two goals and scoring one over that stretch.

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