Zelarayán is focusing on earning himself a starting spot with Tigres

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA | Friday, July 15, 2016.- The Argentine Lucas Zelarayán is aware of the fierce internal competition in Tigres owing to the top-notch squad that has been formed. However, although he knows that the manager Ricardo Ferretti will now be having quite a problem to choose, he is confident that he will be part of the starting eleven.

“Competition is intense here at Tigres. There are great players, a lot of foreigners and a lot of Mexicans, but the competition is always healthy and good, so Tuca has quite a problem with so many good footballers eager to play, and I hope I will be in the starting lineup,” indicated the Argentine player.

‘Chino’, as he is known, acknowledged that in his first tournament with the felines he found it hard to adapt to the football practiced in Mexico, as well as to the climate and altitude issues. In addition, he found in Tigres a very solid team that had kept on the forwards who were with the team when they won the 2015 Summer Tournament (Apertura) League Title.

“It was quite hard for me to adapt, particularly after an injury sustained in the first match against Toluca that made it difficult for me to come back. Those two months were challenging as I was able to play but was in pain, which affected me above all in the first two or three matches, then the altitude in Querétaro and again in Toluca. I found it difficult to adapt.

“The base team already existed, with André (Pierre Gignac) and Rafa (Sobis), who were doing a fantastic job. It was a team that had just been Champions and joining them was difficult. Now, today, I think we are all competing on an equal level and I’m confident I will be in the starting 11,” the player said.

Regarding this Sunday’s match against Santos, with which Tigres will be initiating its participation in the 2016 Apertura, he praised the work of the Torreón team’s manager, Luis Zubeldía, including his posts in Argentina. However, he said that he hopes that everything they have practiced this week will be reflected positively on the pitch in order to earn tree points in the very first fixture.

“I think Santos is a great team, with great players, a great technical staff. I’ve seen him (the manager) a lot in Argentina and all his teams play extremely well, and I’m talking about Luis (Zubeldía). It is a great team and the last match we played on their pitch was rather difficult for us and I hope we play the match we’ve been practicing all week. We’re feeling confident and know that a triumph would get us off to a flying start,” ‘Chino’ said.