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Ricardo ‘Tuca’ Ferretti faced the press after Tigres UANL lost the Leagues Cup 2019 final at the hands of Cruz Azul.

The Regiomontanos coach explained how he felt just minutes after losing 2-1 and referenced a statement he made prior to the final in which he pointed out that one of the two teams wouldn’t leave Las Vegas happy.

“Yesterday, in the press conference, I said that one was going to enjoy and the other one was going to have a hard time… it's us who are having a hard time because we didn’t win the championship,” Ferretti said. “I feel the same way as always when you get to a final and you aren’t able to accomplish the objective. There’s sadness, disappointment.”

Tuca then analyzed why his team left Vegas empty handed.

“They [Cruz Azul] had this important function, where they pressed well, especially in the first half,” Ferretti said. “I feel it was an even match until the penalty (against us was called). There was no focus and the penalty came, and the situation changed.

“They start playing the counterattack, we had to go up front, and they scored a second goal on us.”

The seven-time Liga MX coach winner added that “my team didn’t play at the level they’ve been playing lately.”

Regarding his perception of the tournament and the final being played in a city like Las Vegas, the coach who's credited with coining the term “partidos moleros” (useless games) for matches he disapproves of was quite positive about Leagues Cup.

“The future of this tournament is in good perspective because the footballing competition between the US and Mexico is a good thing,” Tuca explained. “I think that both countries will keep growing with the Leagues Cup.

“Las Vegas is an interesting city for all types of events. Las Vegas has a great fame for all types of events. For this being the first time, I believe it was good in terms of organization and fans.”