Mexico coach Jose Manuel “Chepo” de la Torre was almost lost for words in explaining how his team had failed to score in last night’s 0-0 draw against Peru in San Francisco.
“We had opportunities that could’ve changed the course of the game,” said Chepo after the match.
He added that Mexico’s inability to finish, including Angel Reyna having a weak penalty saved by Peru ‘keeper Jose Carvallo, was obvious.
The game left Mexico with five consecutive ties in 2013 and with pressure now mounting on the Mexico coach. Several prominent Mexican commentators on social networks pointed out that former coaches Hugo Sanchez and Sven Goran Erikssen received were given short thrift when results weren’t going their way.
Nevertheless, Chepo was adamant that Wednesday’s game was useful moving forward, despite his team not finding the net for the second consecutive game.
“It opens the panorama, it clears up a lot of things because there is a lot of competition and in the future we can count on some of them,” responded the Mexico coach.
El Tri’s next game is in Houston against Nigeria on May 31, followed by World Cup qualifiers away against Jamaica and Panama and at home against Costa Rica in early June.