Mexico interim head coach Ricardo Ferretti (pictured) answers questions at a press conference on October 5, 2015, in Mexico City. (Photo: Mexsport)
MEXICO CITY -- Nervous and excited, Mexico interim coach Ricardo Ferretti has begun preparations for Saturday’s CONCACAF Cup meeting with the United States at a sold out Rose Bowl.
The winner earns a ticket to Russia for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.
“I am nervous, but hopeful,” Ferretti said at a press conference on Monday. “It’s a beautiful nervousness to have the responsibility of doing a good job and look for a good result on Saturday.”
In describing his training plan for the days leading up to the match, Ferretti expressed his preference for the team to concentrate on itself and not be preoccupied about the Americans.
“More than think of them (the U.S.), think of ourselves,” the Tigres manager expressed. “We’ll prepare ourselves well during these training days, do our best and think 80 percent of what we should do and 20 percent about the opponent in order to counter what they want to do.
“The sooner we have the entire team, the better it will be, thinking of how we have to prepare for this game.”
Ferretti picked a 23-man roster from those who competed in the Copa America and the CONCACAF Gold Cup this past summer, but the selection does not include goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.
“I don’t have to explain it because it is a right that I have,” stressed the 61-year-old, when asked why the 2014 FIFA World Cup standout was omitted. “If I was to give you all an explanation, it would cause controversy. It is my decision and I have nothing against anybody. They are all excellent players. I wish we had 10 great players by position and had controversy with eight. That’s ideal, but I cannot explain why they are not. I’ll spend all day doing it.”
Ferretti was excited to pass along encouraging news about Andres Guardado -- the 2015 CONCACAF Golden Ball recipient -- and Rafael Marquez, who both sustained recent injuries with their European clubs that were expected to keep them out of the CONCACAF Cup.
"Andres Guardado played (this weekend) and will come as always with a great willingness and commitment,” On Rafael Marquez, I have good news. He has recovered well. We are waiting to see how and if it is good. He is in this group of 23.”
The Tricolor, though, will be without LA Galaxy forward Giovani dos Santos, who was injured in a Major League Soccer match at the Seattle Sounders on Sunday.