Mexico coach Miguel Herrera won fans from far and wide at Brazil 2014 and he’d like to do the same at Russia 2018.
“I really want to carry on,” said Herrera at Mexico City’s international airport after after arriving back from Brazil on Monday night. “We’ll give in the (World Cup) report (to the Mexican federation) and then afterwards they’ll make a decision.”
Herrera once again lamented the standard of refereeing at the World Cup in the games Mexico was involved in, but admitted that his team lacked the nous to see out the game against the Netherlands, having been 1-0 up until the 88th minute.PHOTOS: Netherlands-Mexico | Beautiful people in Brazil
“We didn’t know how to play out the last minutes, keep the ball, take it to the corner,” explained the 46-year-old. “We lacked a little cunning, but I’m also thankful we didn’t use dirty tricks. We went toe-to-toe with them.”
Mexico’s sporting director Ricardo Pelaez – widely regarded as a key figure in Herrera’s success with El Tri and Club America – may not continue with the national team, he acknowledged in the same press conference.
Mexico will have six friendlies to see out 2014, with director of national teams Hector Gonzalez Inarritu explaining that El Tri may play two of them in the United States and one of them in Amsterdam against the Netherlands.
There was mayhem in Mexico City’s main airport as the team arrived back home, with reports that at least 1,000 fans waited inside to catch a glimpse of the national team stars. The players had to leave via a back exit due to security concerns.