The often fiery driver got a calm tone after a 3-1 loss in which Guido Pizarro was sent off the field
Miguel Herrera, boss of Tigres, walked away from a 3-1 defeat to Toluca on Sunday and felt ‘calm’, given his belief that attacking stars Andre-Pierre Gignac and Florian Thauvin would be available for the next game in Apertura.
Herrera had blow his team last weekend despite a winning performance against Tijuana, but this time he was not too irritated with his team’s efforts, as he claimed that Tigres was the better team until Guido Pizarro was sent off in the 65th minute. After the dismissal, things unraveled, with Alexis Canelo’s decisive strike outside the box 19 minutes later the result of sustained Toluca pressure.
The defeat was Herrera’s first since taking over for Ricardo ‘Tuca’ Ferretti, whom he criticized for instilling an overly conservative defensive mindset among his players.
What was said?
“It calms me down, the team played a great game,” said Herrera. TUDN. ‘The truth is that when we played better [the referees made things more difficult] – a punishment, two warnings, they took us out very quickly.
“I think the team handled the ball well … while we were eleven against eleven. We had better possession, better attacks, unfortunately all the mess came, moments later they scored the second goal.”
About Gignac and Thauvin, Herrera added: “The two are ready for the next game.”
Guzman’s penalty kick
The goalkeeper of Tigres, Nahuel Guzman, who recently surpassed Juninho to set the appearance record of the Liga MX club for foreign players stopped a penalty kick from the second half that was controversially awarded to Toluca.
However, Pizarro received a second yellow card just two minutes later for a clumsy midfield challenge, and Toluca took control from there.
Tigres will meet in their third Apertura match with Clausura, runner-up of Santos Laguna, on Saturday, and Gignac and Thauvin are expected to make their season debut after returning from Olympic duty with France.