When Tigres became one of the final teams to clinch a place in the Liguilla, they instantly became the toughest rival remaining in the competition. Tigres command respect, and they showed exactly why, thumping rivals Monterrey 4-1 in the first leg of their quarterfinals clash. Now, both teams meet again at the Estadio BBVA Bancomer with the felinos just 90 minutes away from reaching the final four.
After an extremely difficult match in San Nicolas de los Garza, Rayados have no choice than to score three goals to have any chance of taking down the defending champs. One thing that could play in Monterrey’s hands is Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti’s tactics. Tigres’ constructive play from the back, along with the midfield presence of Guido Pizarro, tends to be the most important trait of this team. The problem is that when Tigres go into a second leg with an advantage, Ferretti opts for a more Mourinoesque approach to games, giving their rivals a chance to climb back.
With that in mind, Monterrey have more than enough tools to test Tigres’ determination to win back to back titles. For Rayados, the label of best team in Monterrey is just an afterthought. It is league title or bust. If they are to dethrone their arch-rivals, they are going to have to have to give one of their more memorable nights in club history.
Date: Saturday, May 13
Time: 5:00 PM Pacific, 7:00 PM Central, 8:00 PM Eastern
Venue: Estadio BBVA Bancomer, Monterrey, Mexico
Television: Univision (US-Spanish), Univision Deportes (US-Spanish), SKY Planeta Fútbol (Mexico), UnivisionTDN (Mexico), Sky HD(Mexico), Canal 5 Televisa (Mexico), TDN (Mexico)