Chepo prioritizes points over performance

After three consecutive scoreless draws at home in qualifying, Mexico's head coach knows only one thing matters against Honduras
Mexico coach Jose Manuel “Chepo” de la Torre stressed that the points matter more than the performance on Friday, when El Tri takes on Honduras inside a sold-out Estadio Azteca.

With just eight points from six games and without a win at home so far in 2013 in World Cup qualifying, the pressure is on El Tri and its manager, who was given a vote of confidence by Mexican soccer chiefs in late July.

“The result is the important thing now, that’s undisputed, a lot of times you play a good game and don’t win, but on this occasion the result is more important than everything else,” said De la Torre in a press conference on Thursday.

Chepo kept his cards close to his chest with regards to team selection and tactics, but said he believes Honduras will play in much the same way as Jamaica, the United States and Costa Rica have done this year in the Azteca. All came out with 0-0 ties.

The former Toluca coach hinted that he wouldn’t be against playing those Europe-based players who haven’t featured very much for their club sides so far this season, a topic that has been the subject of much speculation in the build up to the game.

“(Andres) Guardado played the full game against Barcelona, Chicharo (Javier Hernandez) came on (for Manchester United on Sunday against Liverpool), Diego (Reyes) has played in the Portuguese second division and we have been following them,’ said De la Torre.

Chepo also called on Mexico’s fans to play their part and for the team to respond to what will be a full house of over 100,000 people.

“The people are part of the balance of the team,” he stated.