MONTERREY – Ricardo Ferretti mentioned on Tuesday that Tigres and Monterrey are the 2 greatest groups in CONCACAF. It’s tough to argue towards that since Andre-Pierre Gignac repeats this in his opinion Interview with Futbol Picante from ESPN and different gamers from each groups on media day earlier than the final leg of the CONCACAF Champions League on Wednesday at Estadio BBVA Bancomer.
However whereas the 2 groups from Nuevo Leon have in widespread the way in which they’ve stepped up within the switch market, attracting followers to their stadiums and are common within the MX MX playoffs, their enjoying type is in stark distinction.
"They’ve a really strong type and so will we. Our traits are excessive press and verticality," mentioned Diego Alonso, Monterrey coach, at a press convention on Tuesday.
It’s uncommon that Tigres is not going to maintain the vast majority of the ball over 90 minutes. Evaluating Tigres' 61.three p.c possession per sport within the MX league over the interval 2018-19 with the golf equipment within the "Huge 5" of Europe – England, Spain, Germany, Italy and France – so solely eight groups had the next share and aside from Actual Betis, all others are elite establishments.
"As we do in Tigres standard, possession of the ball has precedence," mentioned Jürgen Damm to ESPN FC. "We are going to attempt to play as now we have at all times executed and as has introduced us a lot lately.
"(RayadosAfter all, with a aim benefit (from the primary leg), you’ve the benefit of having the ability to look ahead to us and counterattack, however now we have all of it in thoughts and can attempt to annul it and play an clever sport. "
There are a lot of methods to outline the success of Ferretti's ten-year tenure as Tigres, however introducing a method of play have to be one of many standards. It's refreshing to see a coach take the time to develop a philosophy that gamers should match into. For instance, of the six gamers who had probably the most ball touches within the 2018/19 MX season, 4 come from Tigres, and right-back Luis "Chaka" Rodriguez leads the sphere.
Monterrey is within the league MX in the identical interval with 46.three p.c possession per sport the 16th Place. The group of Diego Alonso doesn’t attempt to dominate the sport over the ball. The typical possession time for Tigres is 28.7 seconds, in comparison with 21.6 seconds for Monterrey. Then Tigres has the bottom share of passes (28.7 p.c – the bottom within the league MX), in comparison with 37.eight p.c for Monterrey.
In Mexico, Alonso was criticized for a defensive type. It’s not fairly honest. Within the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League last Monterrey prevailed within the first half, however needed to power within the second half to the knee and maintain the lead from a aim by Nico Sanchez.
However it's not like Monterrey didn’t succeed. Rayados has scored extra targets in 2019 than every other group besides Leon and is second within the anticipated targets.
Alonso has tailored his type to the gamers at his disposal, particularly Dorlan Pabon and Aviles Hurtado. The duo are effectively in counterattack, though it's not as if there aren’t any inventive components within the group: Rodolfo Pizarro and Maxi Meza ship loads of it, whereas Rogelio Funes Mori is the middle of the direct assault balls.
Monterrey is a group outlined by the excessive press. That is the alternative of a Tigres group, which tends to fall off after dropping a ball and hold their stability to chop off the counterattack. Rayados Success in restraining Tigres enjoying from behind is vital to lift the trophy.
It can even be essential how clever Monterrey is when he will get the ball. It’s clear that Alonso was not happy with dropping his group within the second half of the primary leg of the ultimate.
"I believe what we missed within the final sport was that we went extra offensive within the second half and above all stored the ball higher," he mentioned. "It's one thing we have to enhance for this sport."
Commonplace conditions and flight play may additionally make the distinction within the anticipated quick 90 minutes. Monterrey has the best share of profitable aerial duals and is a group with a bodily backbone Rayados Within the MX league, the targets are set at solely 14- 12 in entrance of Tigres by 2018-19.
"Clasico Regio 120 "is a conflict between two metropolis rivals in certainly one of Monterrey's most vital video games in its historical past, in addition to a confrontation between two completely different soccer philosophies.