The manager of the Mexican national team, Miguel Herrera, has said that Mexico has an obligation to win the Gold Cup this summer, but has acknowledged that it will not be an easy task.
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“There are games that you are just obliged to win, and the games in the Gold Cup are some of them. It’s a must to win to be eligible to play the Confederations Cup playoff against the USA,” he said.
The US won the 2013 Gold Cup, and will play the winners of this tournament for the right to represent CONCACAF in the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.
The first game for Mexico will be against Cuba on July 9th at the Soldier Field stadium in Chicago, followed by a match against Guatemala on the 12th at the University of Phoenix, and a final group match against Trinidad and Tobago on July 15th in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Herrera thinks the United States and Costa Rica pose the biggest threat to Mexico, though he noted that many of his rivals “have great managers who have done things very well- we cannot underestimate anybody”.
On the other hand, Paulo Wanchope Watson, current Costa Rican manager, thinks Mexico and the United States are the teams to beat.
“Mexico has always been one of the favorites, together with the US; they have dominated this tournament. We want to break with that,” he said in the aftermath of today’s draw.