Diego Coca introduced the coaching style he hopes to adapt to as the new manager of Tigres UANL, stressing that “it won’t be if the team wins, but how the team wins”.
Coca replaced Miguel ‘Biogo’ Herrera earlier this month, after the previous coach was sacked following a disappointing 2022 season that saw Tigres fall to Pachuca in the quarter-finals of the Liguilla.
Now, Cocca is in charge after leading Atlas FC to two consecutive teams Liga MX titles and breaking a 70-year drought.
“Forms and ethics are the key, to win by not having, to win you have to look for it and we will look for a way, which is our way, and together we will find it. You have an idea and a way to feel football,” he said in his first press conference.
“This is Tigres, a fresh start, with other players, with another mentality and we will find our way to victory, I have no doubts.”
Coca indicated that he would first get to know his new roster throughout pre-season, before making rash decisions about new signings and reinforcements.
“When I had to manage players with experience, hierarchy, age, it was easier, we’ll agree in a couple of minutes, they’re all professionals, they give themselves to the limit day in and day out, communication will be easy as long as it’s clear and concise, I have no doubt that I I want to work with them, talk to them and build a winning team,” he said, referring to Beju’s comment that the roster is “outdated”.
“The only request we made was the issue of contracting, that was a talk, we’ll talk about the players later, I’m excited about the team Tigres have, we’ll find a way to improve them. Players who come will always be evaluated to give a quality bonus, but we didn’t talk about anything today.”
The 2023 Clausura tournament kicks off on January 6, giving Cocca plenty of time to adjust before leading a competitive match.