SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA | Monday, April 17, 2017.- Tigres is on the threshold of winning their first international tournament, and this Tuesday they will be facing the Pachuca Tuzos with the firm intention of gaining a comfortable advantage in the first game of the two-leg series to allow them to dream this time of reaching the Club World Cup. However, they first need to overcome the hurdle of dealing with the CONCACAF Champions League.
Tigres defeated Pumas in the Semifinals and now they’ll be meeting Pachuca, a team already well known by the felines in decisive rounds, and whom they just managed to beat in the Final of the Champion of Champions. The CONCACAF Final will be the fourth final played against the Tuzos in the history of both sides.
Apart from the Champion of Champions, Tigres and Pachuca have already competed for two Liga titles, in the 2002 Summer and 2004 Winter Tournaments, although Tigres doesn’t have very fond memories of either occasion, having lost the Final both times.
If they win the CONCACAF Final, the felines will be redressing the balance with the Hidalgo side, since they would both have two head-to-head titles each. The Tuzos would also become the second team, together with América, against which Tigres has played most Finals.
Taking into consideration the most recent matches between the two teams played at the Universitario Stadium, the felines haven’t lost to the Tuzos in nine consecutive matches, with seven victories and just two draws, reflecting the clear dominance of Ricardo Ferretti’s men.
This Tuesday’s match will be the felines’ sixth to date in April, having played four Liga and two CONCACAF games, and there are still three to go, bringing the total to nine for this month.
‘Tuca’ is coming to this match with practically the entire team and off the back of two consecutive wins in the Liga, against Chivas and Pumas, two teams that are in a position to qualify to the Playoffs, scoring seven goals and conceding none.
Today, Tigres needs to gain an advantage at home in the Universitario and win the first leg of a Final, a victory that was denied them last year when they lost to América. Now, their goal is to turn things around in order to travel to the United Arab Emirates and represent Mexico in the Club World Cup.