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Ferretti has hands full coaching Mexican national team and Tigres

Monterrey, Mexico, Nov 6 (efe-epa).- Brazilian Ricardo Ferretti, who manages the Tigres UANL and is the Mexican national soccer team's interim coach, has his hands full as he tries to keep his professional club on track to qualify for the Liga MX Apertura tournament playoffs and the "Tri" focused on upcoming friendlies against Argentina.

The Tigres are in seventh place in the standings, with 23 points, and with just two rounds of play before the end of the regular season, the club must win out to qualify for the playoffs.

Ferretti, meanwhile, also has to focus on the national team's matches against Argentina later this month.

On Monday, the Brazilian coach said in a press conference that in setting the roster for the Nov. 16 and Nov. 20 friendlies, he would have no problem giving up Tigres players for the national squad even if the Liga MX club was fighting to make the playoffs.

"The Tigres players that have to go, will go. I'm willing to give them up. I've always been like that with the coach that's there and with whoever comes. If they need the 11 players, I'll let them go. I don't have a problem if it's for the benefit of the national team," Ferretti said.

The 64-year-old Ferretti became the interim coach of the Mexican national team on Aug. 27. He has worked with the squad on four friendlies, using up to four Tigres players.

In November, he will be the interim coach for the matches in Buenos Aires and Mendoza, Argentina.

Ferretti needs his Tigres to beat Puebla at home, a victory that would boost their point total to 26 and secure a playoff spot.

No Liga MX club with 26 points has ever failed to make the playoffs.

"We have to qualify. I can't get carried away. I don't like that. What I'm saying is that we have to get as many points as we can. If we do, we'll be candidates with the other seven," Ferretti said.

In recent action, the Tigres have two ties and one victory, and Ferretti said he was aiming for better results.

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