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Despite the absence of a superstar, the El Tri boss is confident his side will be able to advance out of Group A at this summer's World Cup.

Mexico may not have star names like Brazil’s Neymar, Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o or Croatia’s Luka Modric, but coach Miguel Herrera believes El Tri will cause problems for each one of its opponents in Group A at the World Cup this summer.

Herrera suggested Mexico has the will, determination and competitiveness to take the game to its rivals.

“We’re going to fight toe-to-toe with Cameroon and Croatia and not only that, we’re going to cause difficulties for Brazil, too,” he said Thursday at a Guadalajara university.

But despite his bullishness, the Mexico manager did recognize that all three opponents are good sides and that Croatia and Cameroon should not be taken lightly by El Tri or fans.

“You look at their rosters and 80 percent of the players are in Europe,” said Herrera. “Unfortunately we have had only two great world figures in Rafa Marquez and Hugo Sanchez.”

Herrera reiterated his desire to win the World Cup and said the preparation matches El Tri has in place are ideal.

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