Interim coach Luis Fernando Tena is confident his flailing Mexico side has enough quality to cause a surprise against the United States on Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio and says he will send his team out to win the game.
“We have good players and to take advantage of our players, we have to attack,” said Tena in Monday’s press conference.
The Olympic gold medal coach gave no assurances over his future, saying only that if he was offered the job on a permanent basis he would have to consult with ousted former coach Jose Manuel “Chepo” de la Torre beforehand.
The former Club America coach stated that his players “will leave everything on the field” in pursuit of getting a positive result and praised the development of Jurgen Klinsmann’s United States team.
“The U.S. is a solid team, well armed and well structured,” opined Tena. “They’ve improved a lot on the ball.”
Tena added that “wounds” from Mexico’s dismal displays so far in World Cup qualifying can be healed by getting points and indicated that the partisan atmosphere won’t affect his players.
“We have players who have been around, with a lot of experience and I don’t think it will have an impact,” Tena said.
Mexico last won a World Cup qualifier in the United States back in 1972 and goes into the game with qualification for Brazil 2014 hanging in the balance.