Plenty of Room for Improvement.- Tuca

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, February 11th.- Even though Tigres is in second place on the general table, just one point behind the leader, with four wins in six games, Ricardo Ferretti commented at midday that there is plenty of room for improvement in the team.

“We have to improve, we can’t just assume that what we’re doing is enough,” the manager reiterated. “Each game is different and we have to adapt, seeking to offset any harm they might wish to do when we have the ball, seeking to attack, not like madmen or fools, but properly. I believe that if we don’t think about continuing to improve and working hard every day, things could turn around and that would be a disaster.”

Carry on working…

“That’s how it is after these six match days, but we need to carry on working, that’s all we need to do. I don’t think that cheering and bragging will do us any good at all. I personally believe we need to carry on working with the same earnestness and the same commitment as always. I don’t think that there’s anything else we need to do apart from that.”

Support for those called up to the Tricolor (Mexico National Team)…

“It’s an essential situation for the National Team and we’re going to support them in every sense. It’s essential, something Martino has to do. If I were in his place, I’d do it. If we really want to obtain the results we all hope for after I don’t know how many World Cups, then I think that he’s doing the right thing and we are more than willing to support him.”

Without the starters who were champions in 2011…

“Well, Tomas Boy, Batocletti, Orduña, Carrillo, Lucas Lobos, “Diablo” Núñez, Walter Gaitan, Danilo aren’t here either. It’s perfectly normal. No one is eternal. We’re all necessary, but nobody is indispensable and life goes on. There’s always renewal – not mine I hope (laughter). You get to a certain age and the day will come when you have to leave. That’s life.”

Is the goal to be in First Place?

“I don’t know if it’s a goal. The goal is to earn three points in each match, that’s what we’re focusing on, that’s what every team focuses on.”

“We have a squad that I think should be fighting for the top four spots. We didn’t make it in the last tournament and this year it’s one of our goals, apart from earning three points in every match. If we manage to do this, I think we’ll be able to stay in the top four. There are other teams in the same position as us, Monterrey, León which is the team that I think has impressed everyone right now.”

About not making any substitutions in matches…

“I’ve always said it. I plan on sending on 11 and ending up with 11. Even if we had drawn, I would have been satisfied with what they did on the pitch, I wouldn’t have reproached them for anything.”

Responsibility only toward the team itself…

“I think we’ve always had a responsibility toward not the Liga itself, but definitely toward ourselves. We don’t do things to show off and we’re this or that. That’s not how it is. I think this is too premature. It’s only been six matches, there’s a long road ahead as we’re only a third of the way through, and I hope there won’t be any radical changes.

“It’s not about wanting to show that the teams from Monterrey are this or that, and creating an unnecessary rivalry with other states. That’s not the point. We do the best we can for our own sakes…”

Martino’s first call up…

“Everyone has their own responsibilities and if he called up this group of people it’s because he observed and wants to observe people. But, I think we need to forget whether or not I was there. The time I was there in three call-ups, I mentioned the same thing. There’s new material with which we need to continue to progress, preparing them so they can reach the potential we saw in them.”

About the 20/11 Rule…

“We have to comply with this, but one of the things I personally believe is that the players who went on just to fulfill this Rule, well, I don’t agree with this, because there’s no age in football.  If we have to have the obligation of a youth player or fulfill this, then what about the players like “Conejo”, Osvaldo? I played until I was 38 years old. There’s no age in football and I think that these youngsters should play not because of this Rule, but instead because of their capacity, and I think the footballers we’ve used have that capacity, which in some teams is rather complicated.”