Guzmán highlights Delort’s qualities

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA | Thursday, September 8, 2016.- Having just returned to Tigres’ training sessions after travelling with the Argentine National Team for the FIFA fixtures, Nahuel Guzmán spoke to the media and gave his point of view on what the felines’ new player, Andy Delort, can offer. He described him as an explosive striker with a high level of attacking mobility.

“He’s a player with experience in Europe, (…) you can clearly see during training that he has explosive offensive qualities from the midfield up, he’s a finisher, decisive when it comes to finishing a play, powerful, a footballer who plays well in the center as well as along the touchlines. He knows how to move across the attacking area, offering another variation and tool for this group.

“I hope he can adapt as quickly as possible and we’ll try to make sure, as we do with every new player, that he adapts both on and off the pitch. So I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome him to the team publicly,” the goalkeeper said.

He’s ready and fit to play against Morelia.

“There were two journeys, to Argentina and then Venezuela, which was quite uncomfortable because I had to come back via Peru since there weren’t any direct flights to Monterrey, but luckily I arrived last night. It was tiring, but I was able to rest and I reckon there won’t be any difficulties (in playing). I reported to the manager today and trained together with the group.”

He knows that Morelia’s strongpoint is ball possession.

“(The Monarcas) have the best offense, but also one of the worst defenses. This data is worth analyzing: on the topic of the offense I think we shouldn’t just consider the case of (Raúl) Ruidíaz who’s at the top of his game right now, who’s found the goal in this tournament, who’s a decisive player when it comes to finishing. One of Morelia’s key points is their collective performance, ball possession, something we’ll focus on as well, mobility from the midfield forwards, penetration by the midfielders, the defense, in the opponent’s area, unbalancing along the flanks.

“(Jefferson) Cuero is also performing well. I think we’ll be facing a rival with a similar system to our own, that seeks to protect the ball, that doesn’t pass the ball much up front, and we’ll try to be careful when playing in the midfield area, cutting that circuit between Juan Pablo Rodríguez, (Rodrigo) Millar, (Diego) Valdés, which I view as a key attacking. Then, we need to be careful on the flanks and, of course, have the necessary caution with number 9.  When you come up against a forward who’s on a streak, it’s important to not let him move, not let him turn, shadow him in the box. These are two details we need to bear in mind for this type of match.”

We have to win the three points.

“Of course achieving a good result would be amazing, but we’re aware that we’ll be facing a great team that’s doing very well, that’s consistent with its results. It’s always good to win this type of matches, so it would mean being three points nearer to the first places and we’re coming to the stage of the championship when the teams at the top try to move further away from those at the bottom.”