Posted on May 30, 2006
Mexico’s coach downplays the importance of the international friendlies as the team prepares for their June 11th match versus Iran.
After losing 1-0 to France and getting ready to face Holland Thursday, Mexican national team coach, Ricardo La Volpe, said the only thing that matters is the World Cup 2006 debut, not so much the team’s performance in the friendlies.
For the Argentinean coach, the important date will be June 11th, when El Tri will face Iran in their World Cup ’06 kick off.
La Volpe, who had not spoken to the media since arriving in Europe, made it clear that “we can’t forget that what really matters to us is the first match in the World Cup.”
After the team ended Sunday’s training session in the Netherlands, the coach asserted that after three years at the Mexican team’s helm, he knows what their objective and how his players will respond on the field.
“We know what this team is about, as we’ve worked together for three years and I know I have 23 players who will leave it all on the pitch.”
La Volpe added that they are only concerned for their own actions, not what the other teams are doing. “To be a great team we can only worry about what we are doing.”