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The manager has made public comments for the first time since he was fired from the Mexico job during a poor spell in World Cup qualification.

Former Mexico manager Jose Manuel “Chepo” de la Torre has spoken in the press for the first time since leaving El Tri in September.

De la Torre told Spanish outlet COPE that is was “through luck that the national team is in the World Cup,” but added that getting to Brazil is what really matters.

The former Chivas and Toluca coach admitted that he has had job offers from within Mexican soccer but said he is relaxing and recovering from “everything that we lived through with the national team.”

De la Torre added he is preparing to work again in the near future.

“You always have to be ready,” he said.

The coach won three Liga MX titles before he was named El Tri’s coach in October 2010.

In the first two years of his reign, De La Torre’s Mexico was rampant, losing just three times, but it all turned sour in 2013 when the team won just six of 19 games and qualification for Brazil 2014 was hanging by a thread.

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