Herrera says Corona believed Ochoa decision came from above

The Mexico manager says his eventual No. 2 wanted to know if someone else had made the decision, while the player feels his trust was breached by this revelation.

Was Miguel Herrera’s decision to pick Guillermo Ochoa as Mexico’s goalkeeper at the World Cup imposed on the coach? 

That was the question the manager says he was asked by Jesus Corona after the Cruz Azul net-minder was told the news that he’d be on the bench in Brazil, Herrera said Saturday on Foro TV.

Herrera strenuously denied the possibility, going as far as telling Corona he would’ve packed his bags and gone home if a sponsor or director had demanded certain players should start at the World Cup.

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But the fact Herrera made a private conversation public has angered Corona, who spoke to the press after Cruz Azul’s 1-0 loss to Pachuca on Saturday.

“Imagine if all our conversations were aired out,” Corona told reporters after the match. “It wouldn’t be ethical.”

Corona went on to add he wanted to hear exactly what Herrera said before speaking fully about the matter, but seemed to hint that the coach had suggested ahead of the World Cup that he’d be the starting ‘keeper.

“First I’m going to listen to (the interview),” he said. “Afterward, I’ll give the point of view of what we spoke about beforehand.”

He added: “This was between two people and that’s why I held it in, so there would be a healthy relationship in the group.”

Corona said he wasn’t sure if he would return to the national team and stressed he would have to listen to what Herrera had said.

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