It Won’t Be Easy.- Ferretti

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, May 6th.- Ricardo Ferretti, the UANL Tigres manager, said that facing Pachuca in the Clausura 2019 Quarter Finals won’t be easy, but he has complete confidence in his players.

Moreover, he made it quite clear that the eight teams that have qualified to the Fiesta Grande of Mexican football all have the same possibilities of being champions.

“In our case, we can’t think that things will be easy. We know what kind of opponent Pachuca is, with talented players, and it’s a difficult stadium, but I have confidence in my players,” he reiterated.

“I think that regardless of the opinion given to someone with a percentage, all the series are evenly matched, the teams worked hard and deserve to be here, so I think we all have the same possibilities,” he commented in the press conference.

There was improvement…

“We improved on what I commented, that I had asked my players to be more consistent. We’ve improved a lot in that aspect and I hope that in these two coming matches the team will achieve this, since it’s very important for us to play well for as long as possible in each game.”

Playing on Wednesday and Saturday…

“No, in the first stage it’s a good day. I think that we both play on Saturday, so playing on Saturday or Sunday wouldn’t have made any difference. The time is fine and, in fact, we’ll be playing the second leg at the same time as we usually do.”

Constancy in the Playoffs…

“Perhaps, I can’t say that it’s not good. We’ve qualified in ten tournaments and this experience in the Playoffs is important. We know what we experienced there, but I don’t think that’s a determining factor in defining the series.”

Pachuca didn’t lose at home…

“It’s a statistic. We’ve achieved quite a few points on the road and finished in second place away. It’s not an easy place, but I don’t think that the fact that we’ve been in all the Playoffs and they’ve done well is a determining factor, I don’t think this is either. There are other factors we need to deal with.”

What do you need to watch out for with Pachuca?

“Everything. There isn’t a specific situation I could mention, I think they have good individualities, they understand each other well collectively, there are players with years of experience, such as “Burrito” Hernández who’s been there for a long time, Víctor (Guzmán), Eric (Aguirre), several players. Recently, Pachuca has been the team that people from outside have noticed, with the football they practice collectively and their individualities.

“Their coach is a very capable person. He likes offensive, very aggressive football and we have to keep an eye on that.”

Pressure is normal…

“Pressure is normal, we need to know how to manage it, we can’t let it paralyze us. There will always be pressure everywhere, as there is in any person’s life. I’m glad we won the last game, since it helped us somewhat to get over our disappointment of the Concacaf tournament and now for the Liga the idea is still the same.

“To do things well so we’ll all be satisfied and to give back to the fans who always support us. The least we can do is to give our all to accomplish our final objective.”

The figure of 26 points falls short …

“I think the reason is that some of the teams that should have achieved it, didn’t, which gives others room to take off. Some teams don’t earn that number of points and others earn more. Saying that 26 was adequate is still true, although, as I said, it’s complicated. That was eight years ago when we were discussing relegation. Now, we finished in first place percentage-wise, which was our primary obligation. Naturally, you think of the top spot and today León reached 41 points, so congratulations to them.”

It’s important for everyone to be in top form…

“It’s important for all the players to be in top form and to be available so I can choose eleven starters and seven who will be waiting for a chance. I think André has recovered from his injury, he’s had two or three matches to get fit and I don’t think there will be any problem at all if I send him on.”