Concerned and busy

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, October 29.- A busy yet concerned Ricardo Ferretti was the one seen today during the training session at La Cueva, in Zuazua, where the squad worked on both offensive and defensive tactics.

“Of course I’m worried, I can’t bury my head in the sand, it’s impossible. No one is happy in these situations, starting with the players themselves,” he said at the press conference.

But during training, which began with physical exercises, Tuca was insistent about working on technique for goal shots and shooting in the goal area, be it in the air or on the ground.

Hugo Hernández and Miguel Mejía Barón were on the other side of the field, working with all the defensive players on specific drills, with crosses into the box and perfecting marking, with everyone thinking about the points they need to qualify to the Playoffs.

“Before we would be criticized for just scoring one goal and we’d win, now we score three, four and we don’t win. So there are always positive critiques, there are always negative criticisms, and I always believe in looking at the positive side, but of course I can’t avoid seeing what’s being done wrong,” reiterated the manager.

Ferretti has faith in the only formula he knows to put an end to a bad streak, which is hard work, and each player’s awareness to carry out specific training exercises.

“Formula? The only one I know is based on hard work, player awareness. These two things are vital, but we’re human beings and can make mistakes; in fact the ones we’re making now we never made before,” he explained.

“It’s not the first time we’ve been in this position,” Tuca said, displaying his confidence in qualifying to the Playoffs.

“It’s not the first time, so saying I’m not concerned, well that wouldn’t be true. I’m a worrier, whether we’re like this or in first place, I’m a huge worrier,” he said.

Everyone is the defense…

“It’s not something we can blame on four or five players. I’m always telling you that we’re a team…and particularly in the goals we’ve conceded, which have been from set-piece situations and that’s where all the other players are involved too.

“If it was an isolated play, if they had got past my defense, Junior, Hugo, Torres Nilo, “Chaka”, overcome me and scored, then I might agree with you, but I calculate that 80% of the goals we’ve conceded have been from set-piece situations, which is where it’s not just four players participating, but many, many more. So, I think we all need to improve in this aspect, me included, to be more demanding, perhaps emphasize this type of plays more.”