- Tigres again in motion within the Concacaf Champions League this Wednesday
- Rodriguez aiming to make it to Qatar in 2021 and 2022
- “Every game’s a final from here on”
Life goes fairly effectively for Luis Rodriguez as of late. He is about to seem within the quarter-finals of the Concacaf Champions League with Tigres, he has earned a spot within the Mexico squad beneath Gerardo Martino, and, most significantly of all, his household have put their well being issues behind them.
Before becoming a member of Tigres in 2016, the person they name Chaka left Monterrey to additional his profession at San Luis after which Chiapas. It was then, removed from house, that he acquired some very dangerous information.
“My wife had cancer in 2015,” Rodriguez defined. “She was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which hadn’t spread to her bone marrow. She was in treatment for a year, with chemotherapy and radiotherapy. She was back and forth from Monterrey for treatment. When we talk about it she makes light of it, but it’s a huge challenge for the person who has to deal with it and for their family.”
His spouse’s sickness has formed his character and his life. “It helped me to mature in various ways,” he stated. “We see life differently now. We know that we’re here today but that tomorrow we don’t know. We enjoy other things. We focus on other things and our priorities have definitely changed.”
To be nearer to his household, Rodriguez made the transfer again to Monterrey, this time to play for Tigres, the arch rivals of the staff he began out with.
“I’ll be honest: I wanted to go back to Los Rayados, because that’s where I came through,” he stated. “Then the talk turned to me moving to Tigres, and I had no problem with that because I’d be going back to my hometown. It also appealed to me because of the fans and what Tigres represent. I was a bit scared because I know Tuca [Tigres coach Ricardo Ferretti] is strict and demanding, and I know the players they’ve got. But there’s competition anywhere you go.”
Rodriguez had to struggle onerous to earn a spot in a facet with some large names. Given few alternatives to start with, he had to draw on all his psychological energy to preserve his religion earlier than finally turning into an undisputed starter.
“Yes, it was a struggle getting some game time,” he defined. “You’ve always got two or three players for each position here, so I had to work hard to get a starting place. I always knew that I had a bigger challenge here than at other clubs. I spoke about it with my dad and my wife, though, and I said to them that the only thing could happen, with so many good players here, is that I would become a better player. Even if I wasn’t going to get a game, I’d shine with another team.”
Rodriguez’s new-discovered maturity is an asset he will probably be bringing to Tigres’ bid to set straight their current file in finals – three defeats within the final 5 years – and win the Concacaf Champions League. Achieve that and a spot on the FIFA Club World Cup will probably be theirs.
Rodriguez has one other excellent purpose for wanting to win the regional competitors: “I’d love to play at the Club World Cup. I won the Concacaf Champions League with Monterrey but left just before they went to the Club World Cup. I’ve always wanted to make up for that and I hope I can do it with Tigres.”
The first port of name on the street to the ultimate is New York City FC, with Tigres holding a 1-0 mixture lead from the primary leg, held method again on 11 March, earlier than Covid-19 prompted the world to shut down.
“Having stopped for so long is not an advantage or a disadvantage for anyone,” stated Rodriguez. “It’s a really important game and every team is thinking the same. In just a few matches you can end up champions and go to the Club World Cup. Every game’s a final from here on.”
Fourth time fortunate
2016, 2017 and 2019. Three instances Tigres have reached the Concacaf Champions League closing lately and 3 times they’ve misplaced. The quest for the trophy resumes on Wednesday for a membership that’s not accustomed to letting silverware by its fingers. “We’ve been in a few finals and mistakes up front and at the back have cost us,” stated Rodriguez.
Asked if he’s enthusiastic about what the remainder of his profession might need in retailer for him, he stated: “My priority is not to go to Europe. I’m too old now and having four children makes it tough to move to another country. I’d love to play in a World Cup and if I keep doing what I’m doing, I can stay in Martino’s plans. All these games are a lot of fun. My goal is to go to Qatar first of all in the Club World Cup and then go back with the national team in 2022.”