Vucetich admits Mexico’s arrogance at times

The Mexico manager says he side must be humble and level headed as it faces Costa Rica.
Mexico coach Victor Manuel Vucetich has called for humility from his side as it defines its World Cup fate this evening in Costa Rica.

“In our game, sometimes we exaggerate, we become arrogant,” stated Vucetich in Monday’s press conference. “I think this is the moment that we should reflect and show, above all, on the pitch that we need to win.”

Vucetich’s assessment comes off the back of Costa Rica forward Joel Campbell slamming Mexico for “thinking they are Spain” on Sunday and saying El Tri will have to suffer in Central America on Tuesday if it is to make the World Cup.

With a draw enough to guarantee a playoff berth against New Zealand, the former Monterrey coach was adamant that Mexico will go out to win the game and is looking for an improvement from Friday’s 2-1 win over Panama.

Vucetich said the team needs to use the ball better, make better opportunities in the final third and kill off the game if at all possible, perhaps a reference to Javier Hernandez’s weak penalty on Friday, which led to a nervous finish.

“We have to be ice cool, we can’t gift even one chance like we did the last game,” said Vucetich.

A loss for Mexico combined with a Panama win over the United States means El Tri will not go to Brazil 2014, with a victory for Mexico leaving the possibility of sneaking into the automatic qualification spots should Honduras slip up and El Tri win by a two-goal margin.

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