We will be going all out to win and classify to the Playoffs.- Ricardo Ferretti

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA | Monday, May 2, 2016.- Tigres wants to win this Saturday at Estadio Azul and ensure classification to the 2016 Winter Tournament (Clausura) Playoffs, affirmed Ricardo Ferretti, the team’s manager, who acknowledged that he is uncomfortable with the their performance so far, since, given the quality of the players, they should not be fighting for eighth place in the competition.

Cruz Azul and Tigres will be competing this Saturday on Day 17 with a view to earning the last ticket to the Playoffs. They are currently in 8th and 9th places, respectively, in the General Table and only a victory would assure Tigres’ classification, so the team will be going all out for this result in Mexico City.

“(The light blues) have a slight advantage over us (one point more), but both teams need to win to guarantee classification. I think this advantage will allow them to handle things somewhat differently from the way we will be approaching the match, because they can classify with a draw but we can only do so with a win.

“Nevertheless, there’s not much difference between how we play at home or away, so I don’t think that now with the urgency of winning we are going to do anything illogical. We have to win and that’s what we aim to do,” said ‘Tuca’ in the press room at the Universitario Stadium, where the team trained.

The Brazilian was asked whether having to win on the last day in order to earn the last ticket to the Playoffs bothered him. He answered that what really annoyed him was that the quality of the squad was not reflected in higher positions in the General Table.

“Very few tournaments have been different from this one (seeking classification at the last minute). Even when we had a lot of points, we always resolved our situation in the last fixtures, so, for me, nothing much has changed. What does bother me is that given the quality of the players we are fighting for eighth place, which is uncomfortable for all of us. I think we have a team that should be in the top, not the bottom, spots so this situation is very unpleasant for us,” acknowledged the manager who has become a naturalized Mexican citizen.

‘Tuca’ Ferretti indicated that a lack of equilibrium has been the team’s main issue during this tournament, in which they have struggled to balance the defensive and offensive zones, a situation that ultimately cost them many points and led to their current unpleasant position.

“One thing we have been lacking in this tournament is balance. This irregularity is due to our lack of balance. There have been times that we’ve scored goals but received too many, and that’s how we have performed throughout the competition. Therefore, if there’s something that the team urgently needs in this match, it is a balance between the defense and the offense. If we can achieve that, then we will have a greater possibility of a positive result and, consequently, of classifying,” the strategist declared.