Mexico’s Europe-based players failed to deliver in World Cup qualifying, but Valencia’s Andres Guardado believes all the controversy regarding their involvement in the national team is now behind them.
Reflecting on Guillermo Ochoa’s man of the match display in El Tri’s 0-0 draw against Brazil on Tuesday, Guardado signaled that the Mexican players in Europe have worked hard to be in the squad – after missing out on the World Cup intercontinental playoff – and deserve to be at Brazil 2014.
“They’ve said that all us ‘Europeans’ are here for marketing, because of agents, but as much as an agent can put you in the orbit (of teams), if you don’t show yourself, sponsors as much as teams move you to one side,” he said after the game in quotes published by La Aficion.
Guardado was also proud of the way Mexico took the game to Brazil in Tuesday’s match.
“It is impossible to dominate for 90 minutes against the host, but we went toe to toe with them and it was an attacking draw, not a defending one,” said Guardado.
Talking about why Mexico’s performance so far at the World Cup has been so superior to El Tri’s dire 2013, Guardado put it all down to mentality.
“Honestly, it’s the mentality that we have,” he stated. “We know that if we play as we can, if we have that intensity and trust in our abilities, we can compete with anyone.”