Costa Rica can beat Mexico in Concacaf qualifiers with attitude and credibility: DT Suárez

Jan 29 (Reuters) – Attitude and credibility are the main weapons with which the Costa Rica soccer team can beat Mexico in the Concacaf qualifier for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, technical director Luis Fernando Suarez said.

On the tenth day of the tie, the “Tica” team will visit Mexico at the Azteca stadium on Sunday, with the aim of getting a good result to continue with the hope of getting into the positions that give access to the World Cup.

“To face Mexico in the Azteca you need a very good attitude, to have a lot of credibility, a lot of team unity, that there is synergy, that there is a full conviction that it can be achieved, that seems to me to be vital” Suárez said Saturday in a videoconference.

“The attitude is not negotiable, one cannot deny the difficulty that one will always have facing a team like the Mexican one,” he warned.

Due to the complexity of playing as a visitor in Mexico, the Colombian strategist recognized that drawing a tie would be a good result.

“One always dreams of winning, but depending on the circumstances of the game, depending on many things that can happen, because sometimes a tie can be valued as a good point,” Suárez pointed out.

“In principle we want to go to win, but we are going to have a very difficult game because of the team we are going to face, Mexico is a very big team in Concacaf,” he acknowledged.

The first three places in the final octagonal qualify for the World Cup, while the fourth will have to play an intercontinental playoff against the winner of the Oceania tie.

Canada leads the octagonal with 19 points, followed by the United States with 18 and Mexico with 17. Further down are Panama with 14, Costa Rica with 12, Jamaica with 7, El Salvador with 6 and Honduras with 3. (Report by Carlos Calvo Pacheco in Mexico City)

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