• Wednesday Mar 06, 2013

    Tigres to go for it in CCL

    SAN NICOLAS DE LOS GARZA, Mexico -- If there was a better moment for Tigres to open CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal play, you wouldn't know it from the Liga MX form the team has displayed thus far in the Clausura 2013.

    Ricardo Ferretti's team has been on an absolute tear in Liga MX play thus far, undefeated with six wins from nine matches.

    The side from the Monterrey metropolitan area comes into the Champions League quarterfinals with another mission - to get past U.S. club Seattle Sounders and into the semifinals of the annual event, putting the 2011 Apertura champion a step closer to its ultimate goal: a FIFA Club World Cup ticket.

    Ferretti is determined to go all out against the Major League Soccer squad, fielding his first choice lineup for the first leg at home, after choosing varied 11s for much of the group stage.

    "It's possible that in this game we'll use the starting team," Ferretti told press ahead of the match. "For Wednesday's game we're going to use what I think is best, the best to take on this challenge. I hope we can get by this stage; we're going to put out the best team we have to do it."

    With his team flying high atop the Mexican league, the Brazilian trainer has set equally ambitious goals for the Champions League, believing that his team can achieve the dual goal of league and regional titles this spring.

    The feat won't be without its challenges however. Forward Emanuel Villa, among the top scorers in the competition's history, has been ruled out of both quarterfinal legs due to injury. But Ferretti says that won't stop his team from aiming for the Club World Cup.

    "That's the possibility that exists, the dream we have," he added. "But it starts with the first phase, against a strong team. We've monitored them. We'll take on the game with the seriousness it deserves. There's the chance to go to the Club World Cup, which Monterrey has done twice, and if we get that far it would be great for everyone."

    If Tigres has had a weakness on the season, it's been its play at home in San Nicolas de los Garza, where they take on Seattle on Wednesday night. Despite an undefeated record in the Clausura, Tigres hasn't been invincible at the Estadio Universitario, where it has drawn on three consecutive occasions.

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