Mexico focuses on Panama in Ferretti’s farewell

Mexico (pictured) trains ahead of its October 13, 2015, international friendly against visiting Panama in Toluca. (Photo: Mexsport)

TOLUCA, Mexico – With a ticket to the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in pocket, Mexico will look to complete the brief – but fruitful -- Ricardo Ferretti-era on an additional winning note, when it hosts Panama in an international friendly on Tuesday at the Estadio Nemesio Diez.

While the match will have a celebratory feel to it following Saturday’s 3-2 win over the United States in the CONCACAF Cup, Ferretti stressed that his team will be all about business on the field. 

“It is a great joy, a great satisfaction,” the 61-year-old said Monday. “I came with all of the commitment and desire to achieve the objective and it was accomplished. But there is still a game to go and, like always, we should take things very seriously.” 

Ferretti also explained that decisions regarding player-personnel matters will be impacted by the fact that the CONCACAF Cup went to extra time. 

“Today was a recovery session for [Tuesday’s] match,” he commented. “We have to keep thinking about doing things well and I hope the team that goes out against Panama looks to get a good result. 

“The ones that played the 120 minutes are exhausted, but they are high performing players and can recover in a few days. The national team always has to achieve. One is going to give priority to those who are more committed. This is the national team and the ones that play should have a great attitude and commitment. If someone does not comport themselves like that, I’ll take them off.” 

The match against the Canaleros will also be Ferretti’s last one in charge of Mexico. The former Pumas star midfielder reiterated that he will return to his managerial post at Liga MX side Tigres. 

“There is no doubt, it’s definitive, I’m going,” Ferretti finished. “The new manager is already in place. I will have the opportunity to make conclusions, so that he can have a more clear vision of all of the elements that played a role in these stints with me.”