Chepo blames loss on players and refuses to resign

The Mexico coach was defiant following his team's first loss in the Azteca in over a decade.
Mexican national team coach Jose Manuel de la Torre says he isn't going anywhere, despite overseeing El Tri's first World Cup qualifying loss at Estadio Azteca since 2001, a result he says is not his fault.

In the wake of Mexico's 2-1 home loss to Honduras in World Cup qualifying, a game where his team dominated early and took a lead before a second-half Honduran comeback, the El Tri coach reiterated his position that he would not resign from his post.

"(Resigning) would be failing," he said. "It's cost me so much to get here. When things get tough, do you just get up and run away?

"I don't call this failure. Failure to me is when you stop fighting for your objectives."

The loss to Honduras leaves Mexico in fourth place in the Hex, outside of the automatic qualification places. A loss to the USA in Columbus on Tuesday coupled with a Panama win over Honduras would put Mexico in fifth heading into its final two matches.

In addition to refusing to resign, de la Torre refused to take responsibility for the negative result, choosing instead to place the burden on the players.

"The goals were individual errors, but that's part of football," the coach said.

"If the players have tired of me and my speeches, it would show."