After the release of Hernan Medford as Costa Rica's boss, Rodrigo Kenton has taken over and has found success.
Rica advanced effortlessly into the Hexagonal round of World Cup
qualifying with the most points out of any other team in CONCACAF. They
also won their opener against a very tough Honduras squad. But their
next opponent is Mexico and the Azteca where they will really be
tested. Kenton though feels confident in that his side can come out
victorious. He mentioned that the Mexican’s will underestimate Costa
Rica like they do to all the other Central American squads.
always underestimate the teams from Central America. They always say
that the Central American teams are not rivals to them. Mexicans also
say that they should be participating in European tournaments, and that
to us shows their lack of humility”, said Kenton.
that Costa Rica deserve respect. After all, they beat Mexico in Estadio
Azteca eight years ago heading into the 2002 World Cup.
think that’s what hurt them the most, because if they would have had
respect, if they would have been careful, maybe the impact wouldn’t
have been that hard”, he mentioned.
Although Kenton is
confident, it will take more than just Mexico’s lack of humility for
them to win the game. The Azteca has always been a fortress for Mexico
and taking them down there will be extremely difficult. Not only will
there likely be 100,000-plus fans cheering for El Tri, but Costa Rica
will also have to factor in the smog and the altitude. The Mexicans
will be more accustomed to these types of conditions and will be real
difficult to take down.
Costa Rica will hope that Mexico’s lack of humbleness will cause them the game and ultimately provide their second “Aztecazo”.
Sylvestre Adame, Goal.com