Guardado: The real clasico is against the US, not Honduras

The Mexico star says that the biggest game in the CONCACAF region is when his side squares off against the USA.
Two grueling tests await El Tri in the next seven days down in Honduras on Friday and in the Estadio Azteca to face the United States next Tuesday, but for Mexico’s Andres Guardado only one is the true CONCACAF clasico.

“For me, the clasico in the region is against the United States, with full respect to Honduras,” Guardado told the press in Mexico City. “With Honduras there is a big rivalry.”

Added the Valencia winger: “Obviously in Honduras, Costa Rica and El Salvador, they always see it as special facing Mexico.”

Guardado is well aware of the difficulties of playing in Honduras having gone the full 90 minutes in the April 2009 3-1 defeat, as well as in the 1-0 loss in November 2008.

Mexico had three players sent off in those two games and Friday’s match against a strong Honduras side in the intense heat and forbidding atmosphere in San Pedro Sula promises to be equally as difficult.

Despite that, Guardado wouldn’t settle for a point from the encounter and says his teammates wouldn’t either.

“We can’t think of a tie as good beforehand, it could be seen in good light maybe at the end if circumstances are complicated and we get a draw, but I don’t think any of us would sign up for a draw before the game,” said the 26-year-old.

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