Chicharito: Mexico players backing Chepo

With just one win in 2013, the Mexico boss is on the hot seat, but his players have come out in support of the manager.
Javier Hernandez has stressed that Mexico players are completely behind head coach Jose Manuel de la Torre on the back of their 2-0 defeat to Brazil.

Suggestions in North American media are that the nation's FA could relieve Torre, nicknamed Chepo, from his duties imminently due to below-par performances recently but the Manchester United striker is among those who are backing the trainer.

"A player is always at the coach’s order, we’d die for the national team and the coaching staff," said Hernandez.

Squad skipper Francisco Rodriguez pointed out that recent poor form is not just the coach’s fault, but also that of the players.

"We too are responsible on the field, not just Chepo, but he has confidence in us, as we do in him," the former Stuttgart player stated.

Andres Guardado was another senior player coming out in support of De la Torre, who is far from a popular figure with fans after just one win in 11 games in 2013.

"We all trust in his work and we all have confidence in the process we are going through," said the Valencia player.

Mexico wrap up their Confederations Cup campaign on Saturday with a largely meaningless game against Japan, as Brazil and Italy have already qualified for the semi-finals with six points apiece in Group A.