The former Toluca and Chivas coach spoke highly about his latest opponent, and fueled the speculation that Alfredo Talavera would start at goalkeeper in Dallas.Mexico will face Brazil in Dallas on Sunday, and El Tri boss Jose Manuel de la Torre highlighted his opponent's many strengths, while noting that the South Americans are dangerous with or without Santos playmaker Neymar in the lineup.
"We're not just going to be observing and analyzing a player like Neymar. Brazil is a very young team that is well put together. But we're going to look for their weaknesses, they do have some, to try and win," said de la Torre to the assembled press.
De la Torre also admitted that while facing Brazil is always an important test, his squad is looking to stay healthy and focused for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, which start next week when Mexico face Guyana in Mexico City.
"It's true that the world will be watching (when we face Brazil), but my primary objective is to prepare the team towards the Guyana game, that's our first qualifying match. I'm not going to get carried away because we're facing Brazil," the Mexico coach continued.
From Dallas, de la Torre sent his congratulations to the U-23 squad that conquered the Toulon tournament, highlighting that some of those players would be fighting for spots in the senior team if not for their commitment in London this August.
"At the end of the day, this is the same national team. We're talking about Mexico. We feel very proud of them, we work with the same group and this will be great for everyone," Chepo said.
Lastly, the Mexico coach would not reveal his starting lineup, but would also not confirm that Memo Ochoa or Jose de Jesus Corona will repeat in goal for El Tri, fueling speculation that Toluca keeper Alfredo Talavera will get the nod.
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