El Piojo has moved on from Carlos Vela as he continues visiting players in Spain as preparations for the World Cup continue.
El Tri coach Miguel Herrera put the Carlos Vela saga behind him Wednesday and focused on the Mexicans in Europe who do want to play in the World Cup.
Herrera told Goal Mexico in an exclusive interview that Vela simply wasn’t concentrated on the national team and that it was an easy decision to discount him from contention for Brazil 2014.
The 45-year-old met with Espanyol’s Hector Moreno on Tuesday in Spain and did the same with Villarreal duo Giovani Dos Santos and Javier Aquino on Wednesday. The manager indicated via his Twitter account that all three are committed to the national team.
Herrera added to Goal that he wouldn’t be able to see Moreno play live because Andres Guardado’s move to Bayer Leverkusen disrupted his original plans, with the Mexico manager also saying he will be traveling in coming days to see all the rest of Mexico’s Europe-based contingent.
The former America coach was upbeat about Guardado’s future in Germany.
“Guardado has done well for a long time,” he said. I think he has a lot of ability.”
“We’re going to wait for him to get into rhythm after the injury and I’m sure he’ll keep up his
excellent form,” added the coach.
On the question of Javier Hernandez, Herrera praised the Manchester United striker’s “great attitude.”
“Every time he comes on for three, four, 20 minutes or half an hour he scores, which is the objective,” Herrera said.
Finally, Herrera said he will continue with his 5-3-2 formation and explained a little about how he wants his team to play in Brazil.
“Mexico is going to be an aggressive team that plays with determination,” he said. “(El Tri will be) a very dynamic side that controls the ball well, wins the ball back well and has great mobility to attack the opposition.”