Mexico captain Andres Guardado had some words of warning for his teammates ahead of El Tri’s second World Cup match against South Korea.
“We haven’t earned anything. They don’t give us more points for beating Germany,” said Guardado in his pregame press conference. “We can become our own worst enemy.”
Mexico have a tendency of playing to their opponent’s level, even if that means going against a team that on paper is less talented. As oppose to the game against Germany, Juan Carlos Osorio’s men will be forced to take initiative of the match. While not as technically gifted as Germany, South Korea is a team characterized for their physical play and hustle, traits that usually complicate things for El Tri.
“Avoiding falling into a comfort zone, it is something we have talked about,” expressed Osorio, echoing Guardado’s sentiment.
“The most important thing with our players is to have confidence, credibility and respect”, Osorio added.
“We will try to play the same way we did against Germany and represent not just Mexico but all of latin american fútbol.”
Mexico will take on South Korea tomorrow in Rostov-on-Don, Russia.