Ever the pragmatist, Mexico coach Jose Manuel de la Torre has stressed the need for a victory for El Tri in the Estadio Azteca Tuesday night, however it comes.
“When you achieve objectives, the way you do it is forgotten,” said “Chepo” in his press conference on Monday. “I prefer to win than say I played marvelously and lost. The important thing is the result.”
Mexico has struggled to produce a top quality performance inside the famous Mexico City stadium for some time and has managed just one victory in 2013, largely due to its inability to score goals.
De la Torre is hoping that the forward line can at last produce against Costa Rica, after firing blanks in the first two home qualifiers of 2013 against Jamaica and the United States.
“At home, we have to make our advantage count,” admitted the manager. “For me a win is necessary to get the points to be in a good position in the table.”
The former Toluca and Chivas coach also revealed that Javier Hernandez is fit after being subbed out of Friday’s game against Panama with a cramp, and he has a full squad to choose from.
Mexico is currently in third place in the CONCACAF Hexagonal, level on points with the United States and Costa Rica, having played one more game.