We have a commitment to make our people happy

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, May 13th.- Once the opponent had been defined, manager Ricardo Ferretti held his usual Monday press conference, in which he made it quite clear that Tigres and Monterrey know each other so well that he doesn’t expect any surprises.

No surprises…

“It’s a good observation, especially as we’ve faced each other I don’t know how many times, and it’s not just between us, but speaking of Mexican football, observing teams, I agree that it would be difficult to surprise each other. It depends a lot on individual skill and set-piece situations, both of which can make a difference in these matches.”

Facing them again…

“Because of everything the two institutions have achieved, it isn’t surprising that we had enormous possibilities of qualifying. We each in our own way overcame everything, succeeded in the general table… you don’t have to dig very deep to see how things are, it’s because of all the good things we’ve done, in both institutions.”

Preparation…

“And why don’t you say how to prepare a team that won the title at home? It’s the same old story, we see the glass half empty. They did beat us then, but we’ve beaten them too. I prepared the team for Concacaf and we lost, for the championship and we won; I’ll pick the one we won.”

They already know each other…

“It’s not easy. The last matches have been defined with set pieces, and although we improved in the game, we lost, so if there’s anything I need to prepare it’s focusing more on this aspect.”

Not thinking about the last Final…

“That’s normal. The past helps us to reach conclusions, but what matters is the here and now, to imagine in order to live the future. Everyone chooses what they want. It’s a game of the mind, of words that are used in games like that. No one dares to predict a result; they want to succeed and so do we. We saw the present to achieve our objectives for the future.”

Finishing at home…

“Let’s hope we can capitalize on that. I’d say we’re even, and the only thing that isn’t even is their pitch. It’s going to get worse and this is something they have experienced throughout the entire process of their stadium. They haven’t got it right and if it’s not the worst, it’s certainly one of the worst.”

Talk of León as the favorite and criticism for Tigres…

“You’re right. The team that does things best is León, which is why they were in first place. We came second, ah second, to come second you play badly, the proposition isn’t good…, explain to me how you can criticize me after two matches, but nobody said anything in 17. We came second, our game against León was evenly matched and now we were the only side to have earned a point in León.”

Work more…

“There’s no time, there’s only a short time left. We’re aiming to recover. They played with a high level of intensity. They finished with their heart in their mouth, just as we did. We are both in the recovery phase, so I hope that we’ll be fully recovered for the match.”

There won’t be any radical changes…

“Nothing will be radically different. Well, one thing, it could be a red card, I don’t know, a player might take the ball and display his skill, but for the rest, 80 percent it shouldn’t be different, but what it will be I can’t say for sure.”

In 10 years, there have been 21 finals in the city…

“The commitment taken on by the sponsoring companies, CEMEX, to benefit the state’s community, the support of the companies in bringing the most highly skilled players has increased the competition here and achieved the goals set by both companies, multinational companies. Of course, it’s been good for the state. It fills us with great pride and we’re fully committed to continuing to make our people happy.”