Ferretti hopes to break the goal fast against Atlas

ZUAZUA | Monday, March 28, 2016.- Ricardo Ferretti hasn’t been lulled into a false sense of security over Atlas’s losing streak in the 2016 Winter (Clausura) Tournament. On the contrary, he hopes that the best Zorros squad in the tournament will be playing in the Universitario Stadium this Saturday and that they will be facing the same decisiveness shown by Tigres this weekend in the friendly match against the Águilas in Houston.

The felines’ manager talked to the media after the team’s training session at the Zuazua, Nuevo León, facilities and described how the victory against América, as well as the goals Tigres scored, something that hadn’t been achieved in the three previous matches, has lifted the players’ spirits.

“It’s a team that plays well and even though the results haven’t met their expectations (they have had four consecutive losses), I’m not overconfident. I think they have good players, a good manager and we should be expecting a very difficult Atlas, especially as they have had these two weeks to train. I think it will be a very complicated match.

“What I do hope is that now, in the League, we will have the same decisiveness (as in the match against América) and, as always, maintain the zero goals received. We are also going to do our best to deliver the inertia and confidence gained in this match, even though it was a friendly, when we face Atlas in our next game,” the Brazilian commented.

‘Tuca’ highlighted the team’s efforts against América, and even pointed out that players such as Héctor Mancilla, who scored two goals, and the Paraguayan, Fernando Fernández, made it quite clear why they form part of a team like Tigres, so he urged them to carry on working with the same intensity in order to win a place in the first eleven.

“It happens in every squad. There aren’t just 11 players, but more like twenty-something, and that’s what they are there for, so that you, as a trainer, can choose your eleven and they should work the same as everyone else. Then, when there is an opportunity, they can make the most of it and I think that both Héctor and Fernando are fine players, they belong to this institution and are waiting for an opportunity, and, if there is one, I hope their performance is excellent and that the others do their best to help them,” he said.

Ferretti was asked about the position changes he implemented in the friendly match against the Águilas, placing Manuel Viniegra as a winger and Rafael Sobis nearer the right-hand touchline. He replied that today’s footballer needs to be able to play in at least two different positions.

“In this day and age, if a footballer doesn’t have the capacity to play in at least two positions, it will be very complicated. The only one who can afford to do that is the goalkeeper. The others have to know how to play and, preferably, in several positions; we have always talked about having multi-faceted players,” he explained.