Mexico Head Coach Miguel Herrera confident his side can upset hosts Brazil
Mexico Head Coach Miguel Herrera is confident his side can upset Brazil at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
El Tri have been drawn alongside the hosts in Group A, which also includes Cameroon and Croatia.
Herrera, who is coaching at his first FIFA World Cup, believes Mexico perform best when faced with the top sides and will not be intimidated with the prospect of coming up against Brazil in their second group match.
“There’s no question we perform better against stronger teams – that’s always been the case with us,” he told FIFA.com. “When Mexico face up to Brazil of course they're really up for it, they look to put in a big performance. We lost 2-0 against them in the last Confederations Cup, though they only got their second late on. We had played well and even had chances to level the match.
“In the [final of the] Olympic Football Tournament [in 2012] Mexico won, while at the last U-17 World Cup [in 2013] we won too [on penalties in the quarter-finals]. We generally play good football against Brazil.
“We mustn’t forget that we’re going to be taking on the host nation, historically the competition’s strongest side, but we have to give it absolutely everything. Beating Brazil in Brazil would get us noticed and make us feel on top of the world. That’s the way we need to approach this.”