Building the team, not taking the regional trophy, is the top priority for Mexico in this year's CONCACAF Gold Cup.For Gerardo Torrado there are other priorities that come before wining the Gold Cup. The midfielder recognized that it is an important tournament but added that the most important thing now is for the team to start molding into what Javier Aguirre has in mind.
The Cruz Azul captain recognized that as it stands right now Mexico would not have a direct ticket to the World Cup. They are currently in the fourth spot which means they would have to face off against a team from CONMEBOL and win in order to get their ticket. That is why they need to focus on getting better on all football aspects and on understanding the system that Aguirre manages.
“It's not that we're not interested in winning the Gold Cup, but we need to first think about the functionality of the team," Torrado told Goal.com. "We need to work hard, be ready for the friendlies that we have coming up and then start to prepare for what’s next."
El Tri will play a couple of friendly games before playing the Gold Cup tournament. They will face Venezuela on Wednesday and Guatemala on June 28 in preparation to the North and Central American event. They will face Nicaragua, Panama, and Guadaloupe in the opening phase of the tournament. These games will play an important part in deciding who will start when they face their next World Cup qualifier opponent, the U.S., at home on Aug. 12.
But with so many games to be played before that date, it could be forcing the issue for Aguirre’s team.
“I don’t think so because now we do have time to get ready and train," Torrado countered. "This is something we didn’t have when we faced Trinidad and El Salvador. Today we still have a chance to recuperate and think that we do have the players that can potentially qualify Mexico to the World Cup. The team is calm; the game against the Caribbean’s at the Azteca was a very important win for us. Now its time to look forward we have to forget what happened in the past and concentrate only on what’s to come."
Sylvestre Adame, Goal.com
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