DENVER, Colorado – Canada Head Coach John Herdman knows that a big, but exciting, challenge awaits his team when it meets Mexico in Group A action in the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup on Wednesday night at Broncos Stadium at Mile High in Denver, Colorado.
“I think Mexico are always the team to beat, they are probably the biggest football country in North America,” said Herdman in his press conference.
“This is a great opportunity for Canada to come in as an underdog. The last six games we’ve been expected to win every game we’ve played. This is the first time in my tenure that we get to feel like an underdog. It’s a nice feeling.”
Herdman also praised how Mexico has improved under new Head Coach Gerardo Martino. In particular, the movement of Mexico’s attacking force has Herdman’s attention.
“We approach every game to win. For us it has to be a collective performance. Martino has players moving more of the time, with purpose and they can hurt you if you make poor decisions defensively. They have a consistency that they wear you down with movement: in behind, off the front; in behind, off the front. One mistake it’s a goal, another mistake it’s a goal. It’s impressive to see them work,” said Herdman.
Yet with all the weapons that Mexico possesses, Herdman is eager to see how his players fare during the 90 minutes against the seven-time champions.
“They are champing at the bit. They’re excited, but they also know it’s a tournament. You go game-to-game, they know there’s a game coming in three days’ time and hopefully a quarterfinal. This game is important for us, the players feel ready, they know adversity is coming. In a game against Mexico you have to be ready for anything and everything. I think their mindset is right,” concluded Herdman.