Tuca Ferretti has given some insight into the issues which plague managers when players are called away for international duty.
Tigres are without six first-team stars this week. Andre-Pierre Gignac is with France for their World Cup qualifiers against The Netherlands and Bulgaria, Hugo Ayala, Jorge Torres Nilo, and Jesus Duenas have been called up for Mexico’s friendlies with New Zealand and Panama, and Nahuel Guzman and Guido Pizarro have been selected by Argentina.
Our boss thinks the biggest issues are seen on the training pitch – especially for players who have to travel to Europe.
“This week will be complicated without the selected players”, he said. “It’s very difficult to be able to train properly, but we will do the best we can with the players that are here.”
“In the case of Gignac, he might not get back to Mexico until a day or a day and a half after the match. We will have to see what we can do for our next game.”
Tigres fans starved of club football this weekend will still have something to look forward to. We play Santos in a friendly in Houston on Friday night then have Walter Gaitan’s testimonial at El Volcan on Saturday.