Tigres players (pictured) acknowledge the home fans after beating Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the first leg of their Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League semifinal series on March 14, 2017, in San Nicolas de los Garza, Mexico. (Photo: Mexsport)
SAN NICOLAS DE LOS GARZA, Mexico – A start to 2017 that saw Tigres open the Liga MX Clausura with one win in six games has given way to a revival at the Estadio Universitario.
Since a 1-0 loss at Pachuca on February 17, UANL has embarked on a six-match unbeaten run in all competitions, climbing to 12th place in the domestic table.
The upturn in fortunes was in full bloom on Tuesday as Ricardo Ferretti’s squad topped Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 2-0, in their 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League semifinal opener.
Defender Jorge Torres Nilo says that the team is gaining confidence with each performance.
“It is true that a big step has been made, but nothing is written,” commented the 29-year-old Mexico international. “Confidence is being gained and the team is looking solid. We have to improve like always, but the team’s confidence and stability in recent weeks is good for the entire group.”
With a win, draw or even a 1-0 loss at Vancouver on April 5, Tigres will return to the SCCL final for a second straight year, a feat that has been accomplished by four other teams – Club America, Cruz Azul, Santos and Monterrey.
Torres Nilo, however, has no intention of looking that far ahead.
“We do not want to get ahead of ourselves, there are still 90 minutes to go and later we can talk about records or stats,” he finished. “We know that nothing is written yet and that simply it’s the first half and there is still a second half to go. We have to go to Canada with the mentality of winning.”
Tigres returns to action on Saturday with a Clausura encounter at 14th-place Cruz Azul.