The internal competition at Tigres is considerable.- Jürgen Damm

ZUAZUA | Wednesday, August 10, 2016.- The high level of competition generated amongst all the members of the Tigres team, resulting from the top quality of each and every player in the squad, is making everyone give 100 percent in their pursuit of a spot on the starting team, assured the midfielder, Jürgen Damm.

“The team has gone from less to more and I think that right now it’s getting things right. It’s been performing very well, (…) we’ve played without Guido, with Lucas Zelarayán, without André and the team has held its own, which means that things are going well, that whichever player goes on or comes off is ready to play, and that’s what’s important.

“The competition being generated within the tea, is highly significant. There are a lot of players, especially on the flanks, so in this sense I’m also fully focused on working doubly hard to earn a spot and get back on the starting team like I did last year with ‘Tuca’ and, of course, that gives you the plus of being taken into consideration for the National Team and competing in major tournaments.”

He defines Tigres’ strength.

“I don’t think it’s just the work of the defense. All eleven of us work toward avoiding any goals against and toward scoring goals. From both ends to the center forward, which is André’s position, we are all responsible for marking, helping the defense and, naturally, to score goals. So, I think that conceding zero goals in five matches (including the Champion of Champions) is extraordinary”.

Concacaf is a thorn in the team’s side.

“Yes, I think missing out on the Club World Cup was very painful for all of us, losing a final against América was painful, but a new opportunity lies in wait for us and we have to make the most of it.

Major Mexican teams are competing, such as Monterrey, Pachuca, so it will be a fantastic tournament. We know that the US teams are putting a great deal of pressure on, so we have to try to do our very best to reach the final phase, participate in the Final again and achieve the championship, so Tigres can participate for the very first time in such a key tournament as the Club World Cup.”

He’s working to regain his physical and football level.

“I feel very blessed for all the opportunities I’ve had, for being in Tigres, because I’ve always been playing, for me, with the best two managers in history, ‘profe Meza’ and ‘Tuca’. Luckily, they have appreciated my work, for which I am extremely grateful. There are always going to be injuries in football, there are always things that prevent you from playing and you have to see all of this as a learning opportunity.”

Toluca

“I think that Toluca has always had a very good playing system. Now Cristante, who is on icon of the team, is coming. We know that he’s worked there for a long time and knows the players inside and out. I think the players are committed to the manager and want to win all the matches they can. We know it won’t be an easy match, especially because of the time. 12 noon is difficult, particularly in the stadium where we’ll be playing. We know Toluca will be a very difficult opponent.”