The Mexican national team is just a step away from fulfilling the conquest they started more than a year ago. With a win on Saturday, El Tri would make it to the big dance. First Mexico will have to go through a team that has already defeated them earlier this year, El Salvador. The atmosphere in El Salvador was extremely hostile especially after the Mexicans were ridiculed for carrying the swine flu.
This Saturday will be Mexico’s chance to return the favor. Mexico’s star winger Andres Guardado was there for the game and says that revenge will be on their minds.
“There is an element of revenge. It's not a point of emphasis or anything but any one of us who lived through the game in El Salvador would want to beat them for all of that, not just because we lost but because of all the outside things, the way they treated us, the way the people behaved with us, the insults we received. Obviously our thirst for revenge is great,” Guardado said in a press conference.
Guardado also noted that even though a win would be sweet, revenge would be even sweeter.
“Those things happen in soccer but the beautiful thing is that there are chances for revenge. Now, we're at home and we need to make them respect us there.”
Guardado still has the Cuscatlecan fans ringing in his ear. They did not let El Tri sleep and made it a nightmare during the game. The Deportivo La Coruña midfielder claims the Mexican fans are and will be respectful unlike their counterparts.
“I believe that the Mexican people have always had a positive attitude towards the rival. They play their role but it's always in good taste, not like the Salvadorans,” admitted Guardado. I believe the people will behave and support us like always but obviously we want them to make their presence felt and let the rival know that they have arrived in Mexico.”
El Tri has improved greatly since the loss against El Salvador. Since then Mexico has not tasted defeat in the qualifiers. Although Mexico is showing good form, Andres Guardado knows there is still room for improvement.
“There are always a lot of things to improve, but I believe the important thing is that the national team focuses on character and patience that has been shown and the good things we have going on out there on the field of play. At times there is good football, other times no but there is always a positive attitude,” said Guardado.
Sylvestre Adame, Goal.com
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