Chepo de la Torre: All remaining WC qualifying games are vital

Mexico coach “Chepo” is stressing the importance of each of El Tri’s last seven games in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying Hexagonal.
With Mexico surprisingly sitting outside the World Cup places after three rounds of matches in the Hexagonal, El Tri coach Jose Manuel “Chepo” de la Torre isn’t panicking.

“We have confidence in what we do,” de la Torre said in a press conference on Monday. “The same (criticism) was said about the Olympics and the results were good.”

The Mexico squad traveled to Houston on Monday afternoon ahead of Friday’s friendly against Nigeria, before three vital qualifying matches against Jamaica (June 4), Panama (June 7) and Costa Rica (June 11).

After scoring just twice in qualification matches so far, Chepo is aware that there is a problem in the last third, but is sure that hard work will pay off.

“It’s true we’ve lacked goals, but that’s why we are preparing,” he said. “It would be ideal to win the upcoming three games.”

However, De la Torre would not guarantee that the squad will make it to Brazil 2014.

“I never assure anything,” stated the former Toluca coach. “I don’t know if I’ll be here tomorrow. What I do know is how to work on the field with players and to do it 100 percent.”

Chepo’s plans for Friday’s friendly may well have been affected by the Liga MX final, with a total of eight players (Diego Reyes, Francisco “Maza” Rodriguez, Jesus Molina, Raul Jimenez, Jesus Corona, Pablo Barrera, Gerardo Torrado and Gerardo Flores) involved in the playoff run that culminated in America’s epic penalty shoot-out win on Sunday evening.

“It was a very interesting series and you have to congratulate both teams, they played very well,” commented De la Torre.