JOHANNESBURG - Mexico coach Javier
Aguirre cut a morose figure ahead of the last 16 World Cup clash
with Argentina on Sunday, hitting out at "analysts" who say his
team have no chance.
"I have no message for those that do not like me," he said
inside Soccer City on Saturday, wearing a peaked cap to cover
his eyes and barely lifting his gaze to acknowledge the media
"I think what they have been writing lately in Mexico is not
justified. We're working to change the course of history," he
added in reference to Mexico's poor record at the World Cup.
The Latin Americans possess fervent support and have always
had talented players but have only twice reached the
quarter-finals, in 1970 and 1986 when they were hosts.
Faced with a red-hot Argentina, Aguirre's men are again
likely to fall at their traditional stumbling block, the first
knockout round where they have exited at the past four
"Mexico are nobodies' favourite. We're way down in the
betting," he mumbled.
"Analysts say we're dead and gone."
The only smile Aguirre afforded was when he was asked about
Argentina coach Diego Maradona, whom the former Mexico
international and Atletico Madrid coach knows well.
"He's a great friend. We used to see each other in Madrid
and I will give him a big hug and congratulate him for what he
has done so far at this World Cup."
Maradona famously led his country to World Cup glory in 1986
as captain, in contrast to Aguirre who was sent off in the
quarter-final against West Germany.
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