Mexico coach Jose Manuel de la Torre is adamant that the Javier Hernandez and Oribe Peralta partnership can produce the goals to fire El Tri to Brazil 2014.
“Hernandez and Peralta don’t have any problem playing together,” said De la Torre in a press conference Monday in San Francisco to promote the April 17 friendly against Peru.
Hernandez has already been named in De La Torre’s squad for World Cup qualifiers against Honduras (March 22) and the United States (March 26), while 29-year-old Peralta is a shoe-in to be included after scoring six goals in eight appearances for Santos Laguna in the Liga MX this season.
And it looks likely that they will be reunited in the starting lineup for the qualifiers, with the Mexico boss effusive in his praise.
“Lining up with both will depend on the type of rival, but if it was down to me, they’d play together all the time,” added De La Torre.
But there has been mounting skepticism in Mexico about whether the pair can function together and the critics rounded after the duo’s dismal performance against Jamaica last month in the 0-0 tie in the Estadio Azteca.
The argument goes that Mexico would be better served with just one central striker and that Peralta and Hernandez make similar runs and occupy similar positions in the attacking third of the pitch.