Tigres hasn’t reached their level yet.- ‘Tuca’ Ferretti

ZUAZUA | Monday, August 1, 2016.- Ricardo Ferretti was pleased with his team’s performance in the Águilas match. Nevertheless, he asked for moderation in praising the 0-3 triumph, urging Tigres to keep calm and level-headed, since there is still plenty of room for improvement.

WE NEED TO BE LEVEL-HEADED

“We must be sensible, level-headed, not believe everything, as you’ve just mentioned. Before the match against América, there was a certain degree of pressure, criticisms, comments, and now, post-match, suddenly it’s all gone to the other extreme. I think we should always be balanced, level-headed.

“So, we have to carry on working, improve many things. Each match is different and there’s a long road ahead of us. Obviously a victory gives us confidence, because that always happens with victories.”

RECAP OF THE MATCH AGAINST AMÉRICA

“It was an interesting match. In the first half, I think we played a competent game; we were able to counteract a team that has been doing very well and we’re delighted to get these points, though I should also like to emphasize that we have maintained zero goals conceded. We received a single yellow card and none of our players were sent off. Our ball possession was good and in the second half, with an extra player, we managed to handle the situation adequately.

“The fact that we scored our first goal of the season takes a lot of the pressure off, especially from some of the forwards, which is quite normal.”

TIGRES HASN’T REACHED THE TARGET LEVEL YET

“I think we got things right, but there’s still a lot of room for improvement, several details, as I always say. First I look at the positive things, of which there are quite a few, but there are also aspects that need to be improved, though today might not be the day to start on them. However, tomorrow will be an arduous day for them – they’ll be working very hard, seeking to reach our goal of improving on a daily basis.”.

ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH THE WORK OF PLAYERS LIKE ACOSTA AND ‘GRINGO’ TORRES

“I don’t like talking about individuals, but with the help of their teammates and their own personal capacity I don’t think (any of the absences) was noticeable, especially when you win, which makes you forget quite a bit. I held a meeting with the group a couple of weeks ago and told them that any one of them could be on the starting team. I’m blessed to be able to trust all my players and I know that every single one of them will do his best.”

THE MEDICAL STATUS OF RIVAS AND DAMIÁN

“Both of them are at the physical-athletic stage, they’ve moved on to professor (Guillermo) Orta and hopefully this week they’ll overcome any injuries, any pain and there won’t be any relapses. They should be ready to play by next week.”

THE GIGNAC RUMORS

“It’s a rumor that was printed in a Catalan newspaper, but as far as I know, the respective directors haven’t been in touch with each other. They might say that André is on a list, he might be first, second, third, fourth, fifth, I doubt there are more than five. In fact, we think it’s fantastic that he’s on this list for one of the greatest teams in the world.

“I believe that André once said that if he ever left Tigres he’d like to go to Barcelona, or Real Madrid, or Bayern, or maybe even Manchester, so that’s four plus us, which makes five … That just shows what a great institution we are! Because (…) we are the ones who have André.”