Mexico is now officially in the Hexagonal. After qualifying with six wins from six games, the team is full of confidence and optimism, but there is still much work to be done.
Following his team's 2-0 victory over El Salvador in Torreon, head coach Jose Manuel 'Chepo' de la Torre knows exactly what will be required of his team in the final phase of qualifying.
"We have managed our goals so far," he said. "The priority was to qualify to the Hexagonal and we have met that challenge. We know the challenge ahead of us now. We are calm but we know we have to improve in every game."
Speaking about the mostly second-choice lineup that faced El Salvador in Torreon, 'Chepo' spoke of the depth in the Mexican national team that allows him to put out multiple lineups capable of playing at a high level.
"Winning is always gratifying, and even more so when you do it the right way. In this game we had the opportunity to see some new call-ups and it helped us to see their level," he said.
For de la Torre, being deemed the favorite in the Hexagonal matters little.
"I don't really care about being called the favorite," he said. "Our objective has been the same from the beginning, to qualify for the World Cup. This is what we've said from the beginning and this is what we will focus on."
De la Torre also insisted that he is not married to any one set of players, and will continue to seek out new options that will help El Tri in the Hexagonal.
"The circumstances will deem who I call up," he said. "We will see what level any call-ups are at in the future, for now, I'm not going to mention any names because we still have a lot of time."
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