Mexico’s national team continues their intensive preparation for the play-off series against New Zealand. The winner of this play-off series will be qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Let’s remember that the first game between the Aztecs and the Kiwis will be played on November 13th, at the Azteca Stadium, in Mexico City. A week later, on November 20th, both national teams will play again, but this time at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.
El Tri has been training since Monday November 5th at the High Performance Center (CAR in Spanish) in Mexico City. Before facing New Zealand, El Tri will have a friendly game against Mexico second division club Lobos BUAP on Saturday, November 9th. Former El Tri star and club America idol, Cuauhtemoc Blanco currently plays for Lobos BUAP.
Several players have commented that, since the arrival of Miguel Herrera as Mexico national team coach, El Tri is more united and with the conviction to qualify to the World Cup. One of the players who noticed this difference since the first moment was Miguel Layún, defender of Club America.
Miguel Layún said that the Mexico national team shook the pressure that was dragging El Tri during the CONCACAF World Cup qualifier. “As soon as the qualifier was over, the group of players put aside the pressure and everything that we have lived during the last few months,” Layún commented.
Layún also mentioned that putting the pressure aside doesn’t mean that the players don’t want to take the responsibility of what happened and is happening to the Mexico national team. “We played a lot of in this play-off series and we are aware of that. These two games are going to mark every player, for better or worse. We have the
responsibility of an entire country, but I prefer to think that everyone is helping us take this commitment forward,” Layún said.
Despite the criticism El Tri has received for the last results in the final Hexagonal, Layún expects that the fans will support this new era of El Tri -to achieve the goal of qualifying to the World Cup.
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