SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- Andres Guardado says that confidence has become a welcome ally for Mexico going into the country's World Cup qualifying showdown with Costa Rica on Friday.
The match will be the first of two against Los Ticos, as both teams are slated to hook up once more on Sept. 11 in Mexico City.
"We don't want to stop winning games and adding three points to our tally, we want to go back home with tranquility," said Guardado on Thursday, following Mexico's practice at the Estadio Nacional.
Upon arriving in Costa Rica, Guardado and his teammates unfurled a large banner expressing solidarity with the Central American people following a strong earthquake that rocked the country earlier in the week.
"We want them to know that they are our brothers, that we don't have any hate or rivalry like some want to make it seem like. We're rivals only on the pitch," said the Valencia winger.Meanwhile, goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa praised the Estadio Nacional, where Mexico will play for the first time after the 35,100-seater was inaugurated in 2011.
"It's a nice place to play in, magnificent really. We're ready to pull out a good result, we've come prepared. Our national team has a great squad and we must demonstrate this," the Ajaccio goalkeeper noted.
Juan Ramon Miranda provided additional reporting from San Jose, Costa Rica.