Mexico primed for cup campaign
By Football News
Mexico head coach Jose Manuel de la Torre has argued his team are looking forward to letting off some steam and winning the Confederations Cup.
In CONCACAF's final round of qualifying for next year's World Cup final in Brazil, Mexico have started in uninspiring fashion with five draws and a win from six matches to sit third on the standings, two points adrift of leaders the USA.
While De la Torre concedes his side will have to be in top form to overcome the likes of Spain, Italy, Brazil and Uruguay at this month's Confederations Cup in Brazil, the 47-year-old Mexican coach maintains his team is aiming high.
De la Torre believes Mexico will benefit from a break from World Cup qualifying after consecutive goalless draws with Costa Rica and Panama.
"We know that we are in a difficult situation in our qualifying group for the World Cup but this is a different tournament," De la Torre said in the lead-up to Mexico's opening Confederations Cup clash with Italy.
"We are looking at it in a different way.
"The team has released all that pressure that we have over our qualification and we are here to enjoy it and, of course, as we do in every tournament to try to do our best and try to win.
"We know it is not going to be easy due to the quality of the national teams participating but our intention is to win as it has always been in any tournament."
Mexico are also grouped with Brazil and Japan, with the hosts having won their opening match against Japan 3-0 on Saturday.