Brazil coach Luis Felipe Scolari admitted the Mexico national team has been a headache over recent years for the Verde-Amarelha ahead of the World Cup clash on June 17, at least according to a statement made by El Tri coach Miguel Herrera on Friday.
“We spoke with ‘Felipao’, and he said Mexico for them is like a stone in their shoe,” Herrera told reporters in Mexico City. “We’re hoping to be like a rock, not a stone.”
Herrera was in Brazil to go over logistics ahead of the World Cup and declared himself delighted at Mexico’s preparation site in Santos.
The manager also talked about the difficulties in his squad, suggesting the goalkeeping position is one of the closest battles fought and guaranteeing that all the Europe-based players coming into the squad for the March 5 friendly against Nigeria will get minutes.
Herrera said America striker Raul Jimenez missed out on the squad because he had been injured and that the door is still very much open to him.
Finally, director of national teams Hector Gonzalez said Mexico’s send-off match in the Estadio Azteca on May 28 will not be against Turkey, as had been previously suggested. Instead, Gonzalez said “three or four teams” are in the reckoning, including Republic of Ireland and Wales.