El Tri coach Herrera responds to Dos Santos claims

Mexico's new boss has responded to the claims made by star Gio dos Santos about issues within the national team.

Giovani dos Santos was forthright in an interview with El Pais on Monday about the problems in the El Tri team, but Mexico coach Miguel Herrera has taken exception.

Dos Santos said Mexico “lacked a style,” that he preferred to play behind a central striker and added that he understood Carlos Vela’s reasons behind rejecting call ups to the national team.

“Things should be said in the moment,” retorted Herrera in Tuesday’s press conference ahead of Wednesday’s game against Finland in San Diego. “I understand the deception he may feel, but that should’ve been said before, not now.”

Herrera went on to allude to changes coming from his end.

“Now it is another process, he went on. "There is another coach, with a different idea.”

The back and forth comes with Dos Santos in excellent form for Villarreal, but failing to shine in a Mexico shirt and with Herrera still undecided on whether he will call Europe-based players into his squad for the World Cup playoff against New Zealand.

Herrera insisted on Tuesday that Mexico’s Euro-legion is of sufficient quality, but again out doubts on whether they will be able to perform at their best level after traveling from Europe to Mexico City and then enduring a long flight out to New Zealand for the second leg.

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