Oct 30, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Mexico head coach Miguel Herrera gives a thumbs up following a win against Finland at Qualcomm Stadium. Mexico won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Mexico coach says team is ‘even more determined’


The Mexican National team dominated New Zealand in the first leg of the their playoff for a World Cup berth. They won 5-1, that goal from New Zealand coming near the end of the game.

Of course, they’re going to New Zealand now and some think Mexico will roll with a more defensive line up and formation to cling to the lead in the aggregate score. Head coach Miguel Herrera says they’re going to go into it with the same attacking mentality.

“We are going in with the idea that this is 0-0 and we aren’t going to risk anything,” Herrera said via ESPN FC. “We are going into this match with the same attitude of being as or even more determined than we were in the previous match.”

Miguel Herrera is pulling double duty as the coach of the Mexican team and Club America. There was also speculation that he could rest his team’s players so they’d be rested for Mexican League play. He denies that, and reiterated that his focus was solely on winning and getting to the World Cup.

“Here we are thinking about Mexico and not about the league,” he said. “Until we qualify we won’t think about anything else but that. The 23 players I have here are the national team, they don’t belong to any club right now. On Monday or Tuesday we will determine our starters but with nothing else on our minds but getting Mexico its (World Cup) berth. We aren’t saving anyone.”

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