Ricardo Ferretti still sees plenty of room for improvement

ZUAZUA | Monday, August 29, 2016.- Even though Tigres is currently ranked third in the 2016 Summer Tournament (Apertura), and is unbeaten and has the most solid defense of the tournament, Ricardo ‘Tuca’ Ferretti is not 100% satisfied with the team’s achievements and knows that they need to keep working to reach his target point.

“The crop (of points) isn’t bad. Of course, we’re always very ambitious, but have to be aware that there are some aspects that are not quite perfect and need to be worked on. So, if we can manage to maintain this foundation and in addition build what’s missing, then I think the possibility of remaining in the top spots is very high.”

Conclusions can be drawn from every match.

“What’s missing? Lots of things. Every week you play a match and draw conclusions from it, become self-critical. You look at the positive things and the others that need to be improved, and we get down to work. However, even though there are two weeks (the break for the FIFA dates) and we have six players called up to the national teams, then (…) we’ll work as best we can. I think the team has a good foundation, but certain points can be improved.”

The lack of activity in the FIFA dates doesn’t worry him.

“I don’t think it’s very hard to do (avoid relaxing) if you’re working with professionals, with people who are aware. Our concentration and work will, of course, be affected this week. I believe that, physically, we’ve reached a good position and we aim to grow (…). Next week they’ll all be back to focus fully on the weekend. We’re professionals too and we won’t be using this week to laze around or scratch our bellies. We’ve got work to do and we will be doing a thorough job.”

It’s understandable that the opponents play defensively at the Uni.

“It’s understandable, it’s acceptable, it’s a strategy and I have to accept and agree with it. I might or might not like it, but everyone seeks to reach their objective in a specific way and that’s totally reasonable. I have to work with my players to find a solution to these situations.”

We work on the team’s emotional stability every day.

“Every week, all the time I’ve been here, we’ve worked very hard on this, but we’re human beings and when it comes to the match, very often we can’t fully control the blood, the commitment and everything we know that goes into a game.  I think we’d have to be cold, unfeeling, heartless not to feel this. On the pitch, you feel joy, rage, frustration, a whole range of emotions across a key match and it’s not always easy to control this, but we do address this matter so it happens as little as possible.”

He’s proud that so many players have been called up to the National Team.

“It’s a source of great pride for me to have players who form part of the national squads. They must also be very proud to be called up to represent their country. So, tiredness, travelling and all that have to be taken into the balance, but I think it must be very satisfying and, of course, every team is proud to have and produce national football team players.”