• Thursday Jan 04, 2018

    Tigres motivated by SCCL objective

    Tigres players (pictured) go through their paces at a recent training session. (Photo: Mexsport)

    SAN NICOLAS DE LOS GARZA, Mexico – For Tigres, there is hope in 2018 that the third time will be the charm.

    After progressing to and falling in the final of the 2015/16 and 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (SCCL), the goal of reaching the FIFA Club World Cup is palpable.

    “We want the team to be at a World Cup level,” said Tigres defender Jorge Torres Nilo. “We are going step by step. We are in the league and later it will be the Champions League. We want to put Tigres on a worldwide level as well.”

    Prior to focusing on next month’s Round of 16 clash against Costa Rica’s Herediano, Tigres is preparing to open defense of its Liga MX title, when it visits Puebla on Friday.

    The host Camoteros may have missed out on a place in the 2017 Apertura playoffs due to a 15th-place finish in the regular-season table, but their defense was among the league’s best, conceding 20 goals in 17 outings. That mark was seventh best in the league, besting three teams that secured postseason berths.

    “Puebla is an intense team,” Torres Nilo commented. “This is a new season for which we’re hopeful. Just like them we want to qualify (for the playoffs) and look for the title. We don’t feel better or less than them. They will have the home-field advantage. In terms of intensity, we’ll be the same way.”

    Tigres will kick off its 2018 SCCL campaign at Herediano on February 20, before returning home for the second leg on February 27.

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