Talking Tuca

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Tigres have had their worst start to a season in recent memory. The side find themselves bottom of the league after four games, having shipped seven goals and three red cards, whilst only scoring one goal and managing one point. It all makes pretty miserable reading for the manager, Tuca Ferreti.
 
Inevitably, it’s made fans question his position, with many speculating that a defeat last time out to Pumas would end his tenure. A defeat did indeed occur but his dismissal didn’t follow, and the bullish Tuca will lead Los Auriazules into the Estadio Tecnologico on Saturday evening needing a win to kickstart Tigres campaign and keep the wolves from his door.
 
Are people right to be questioning the manager? Let’s have a look at some of the arguments against him...
 
2014 is a reflection on Tuca’s abilities...
 
This season has seen some refereeing injustices in the America and Morelia matches, and Tigres were in complete control and utterly dominant against Pumas until Rivas lost his discipline. The manager cannot be held responsible for referees nor moments of madness from players on the pitch. Despite all the injuries, suspensions and doom and gloom they are only four points off a place in La Liguilla. It’s recoverable.
 
Tuca isn’t a good fit for Tigres...
 
Memories are short. It is easy to forget that this is Tuca’s third spell at Tigres, and it’s equally easy to forget that in both of his first two spells the Tigres board were arguably too fast to pull the trigger and release him.
 
Yes, the defeat to Monterrey in the semi-finals in 2003 was painful - but this was a team that, when Tuca took over the role just three years earlier, were perennial underachievers - a great squad but no cohesion. Should one, albeit painful, semi-final defeat have cost him his job? No.
 
Was failure to reach the playoffs at the first attempt of his second spell in 2006 a justifiable reason to release him, especially after making it to the playoff rounds of the Copa Libertadores? No.
 
It’s also worth remembering that Tigres were in serious danger of being relegated when Tuca signed for the third time in 2010. Within 18 months he had led them to the Mexican championship for the first time in almost three decades.
 
Imagine what Tuca could have achieved had the board not been so rash in relieving him of his post in 2003 and instead he had now just passed his 10 year anniversary with the club. Would they have more than 3 championships to their name? Probably.
 
Tuca has won championships with Chivas and Pumas, as well as with Tigres. The fear of what might have been is undoubtedly one of the reasons keeping him in his position today.
 
He doesn’t value domestic or continental cups...
 
One of the accusations most often aimed at Tuca in his third spell is his complete disdain for the Copa Libertadores and CONCAFCAF Champions League, in which he sent reserve sides to face Union Espanola in 2012 and Seattle Sounders in 2013 respectively.
 
The argument goes that continental competition is reward for strong domestic performances, and the opportunity to be involved should be relished. Tuca, however, could fairly argue that in the domestic seasons that corresponded with those sacrifices of continental football Tigres performed very strongly, nearly making it back-to-back finals in 2012 before collapsing in the final minutes against Santos, and comfortably winning the regular season in 2013 before being undone by a fluke own goal against Monterrey in the quarter-final. Tuca could also argue that his previous tenures have been decided solely by league performances - if a strong showing in the Copa Libertadores in 2006 wasn’t enough to keep him in his job why should he risk his position by focusing on other competitions?
 
Where Tuca should face criticism for his team selection is against Monterrey in the quarter-final of the Copa MX last season. On that occasion Tigres were not performing well in the league and had no reason to sacrifice the tournament. The fans badly wanted revenge for the Liguilla defeat in the summer, and Tuca would have been fairly certain that Monterrey would field a weakened side. Why didn’t he pick his first XI, try and run up a big score against Rayados to give the fans something to cheer, and then progress to try and bring some actual silverware home?
 
Tigres Aren’t Entertaining...
 
Again, this is unjustified. Many have criticized the lack of entertainment in Tigres style of football -  yet Tigres were the top scorers in Clausura 2013 and only two years ago were earning plaudits off commentators far and wide for the dynamic attacking fluidity of Lobos, Mancilla, Damian and Danilinho.
 
Tigres don’t play their exciting and talented young prospects...
 
The much vaunted exciting prospects that lost to Monterrey in the Copa MX? That lost to Seattle? That lost to Union Espanola? The truth is the youth are not good enough to play in the first XI. Tuca knows when young players are good enough and is prepared to slowly introduce them to the senior side to maximize their potential. Just ask hat-trick hero Alan Pulido...
 
The future...
 
Footballing history around the world shows managerial consistency wins trophies. Tigres are in transition as the ‘Cuatro Fantasticos’ and their generation slowly fade away - Tuca should be left in his position and given time and space to build the next generation that can compete at the highest level. He’s done it before, he’ll do it again.
 
By Daniel Price
 
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