The often fiery coach struck a relaxed tone after a 3-1 defeat in which Guido Pizarro was sent off
Tigres coach Miguel Herrera went “calm” after a 3-1 defeat by Toluca on Sunday, believing attacking stars Andre-Pierre Gignac and Florian Thauvin would be available for the next Apertura game.
Herrera had blown up his squad last weekend despite a win over Tijuana, but this time he wasn’t overly upset with his side’s performance, claiming Tigres were the better side until Guido Pizarro left the field in the 65th minute was asked. After being sent off, Alexis Canelo’s decisive shot came from outside the box 19 minutes later due to continued pressure from Toluca.
The defeat was Herrera’s first since taking over Ricardo ‘Tuca’ Ferretti, whom he criticized for instilling an overly conservative defensive stance on his players.
What was said
“It leaves me calm, the team played a great game,” said Herrera via TUDN. “The truth is we played better [the referees made things more difficult] – one penalty, two warnings, they knocked 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 it was all chaos and shortly afterwards they scored the second goal.”
Commenting on Gignac and Thauvin, Herrera added: “They will be ready for the next game.”
Guzman’s penalty block
Tigres goalkeeper Nahuel Guzman, who recently overtook Juninho and set the record for foreign players in Liga MX, stopped a controversial penalty for Toluca in the second half.
However, Pizarro was shown yellow just two minutes later for an awkward midfield play and Toluca took control from there.
Tigres will face runner-up from Clausura, Santos Laguna, in their third Apertura game on Saturday, and Gignac and Thauvin are expected to make their season debuts on their return from the Olympics with France.