• Friday Nov 04, 2016

    Tigres targets strong Liga MX Apertura finish

    Goalkeeper Nahuel Guzman (pictured) has played in each of Tigres' 15 games during the 2016 Liga MX Apertura campaign. (Photo: Andrea Jimenez/Straffon Images)

    SAN NICOLAS DE LOS GARZA, Mexico – Two of the 2016 Liga MX Apertura’s top three teams will clash Friday night, when third-place Tigres (7W-6D-2L, 27 points) visits first-place Club Tijuana (10-3-2, 33) at the Estadio Caliente.

    It has the potential to be the season’s most intriguing duel as Club Tijuana owns the best home record (7-0-0), while UANL has the best road mark (4-2-1).

    With a top-of-the-table finish still within reach, goalkeeper Nahuel Guzman believes Tigres needs to minimize errors against a side that has conceded the fewest goals (10).

    “I think that for both teams it’s an important match, it’s a good measurement,” said the 30-year-old Argentinean, who has started all 15 games.  “Tijuana is a team that has maintained consistency at the footballing level and results for almost the entire season.  They have won even when they didn’t play well, so they come in with a bundle of confidence.  We’ll have to be alert to not failing, not making mistakes on simple things.

    “If we can manage to keep the ball in midfield and attack with calmness while being well organized in defense, we can go have a good match.”

    Tigres has only one win in its last five outings, so getting back on track ahead of the playoffs is a priority.  The regular season ends at home on November 19 against visiting Queretaro.

    “We want to try in these two weeks to regain the footballing level that we showed at least in the second half against [Monterrey last week],” Guzman stressed.  “I think that we found a good footballing level and we want to try to finish the season in the best way, obviously staying in the top four places and, if not, as high as possible.”

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