We want the fans to enjoy Tigres again.- Rafael Sobis

ESCOBEDO | Friday, April 15, 2016.- Rafael Sobis isn’t concerned anymore. He knows that football is based on confidence that is built up week after week and, therefore, he expects that as of this Saturday’s match, against Dorados, all the fans will be able to enjoy the victorious, dominant Tigres they were used to seeing not long ago.

“This isn’t our best moment, but we know that football is about confidence and as soon as the confidence is there, the Tigres everyone was used to seeing will be back. It’s not easy to maintain a top level throughout the season, with so many matches, with everything we are playing, but we are determined, training extremely seriously, continuously endeavoring to improve to achieve the level we have always enjoyed,” explained the Brazilian forward.

Rafa commented that the four remaining games in the 2016 Winter Tournament (Clausura) have to be played with the same intensity as a Final. In fact, he went so far as to say that it doesn’t matter which place they classify in, as long as they participate in the Playoffs, because that’s a completely different competition.

“Earning a spot in the Playoffs is what’s important, because what comes next is another tournament, another way of competing. I’ve had the experience of being the top team and then losing against eighth place; of being in fifth or sixth position and being the champions. So we know full well that it’s another way of playing; there are two matches, regardless of your position. We want a spot in the Playoffs,” he declared.

He also mentioned what would happen if the team wins their ticket to the final phase: “People know the team we have and if we get in, we will be very strong.”

Moreover, Sobis indicated that they are expecting a difficult match against Dorados, who, given their position, are facing a real possibility of relegation; however, they know they have to win those three points at all costs.

“We are in good spirits and can’t wait to play. At the beginning of the week, we found it hard because of the result (against Tuzos); it wasn’t what we wanted and time is flying by. We’ve started to trust in ourselves, we’ve started to work, to do things properly and glimpse on the horizon that things can improve and that it still depends on us. If we do things right, we will be going to the Playoffs and that’s what we are striving for.

“We are expecting a more complicated opponent because they are in the middle of a streak. They are in good form and we are preparing for the match as hard as possible,” he commented.