Javier Aguirre almost never singles out players for praise. But he broke that rule when El Tri returned home yesterday. He called Giovani Dos Santos and Carlos Vela the foundation of Mexico’s future footballing aspirations.
“For their age, their time, for the situation they found themselves in, they performed brilliantly at such a young age. They are the bright future of Mexican soccer and form the basis for a future generation of young players and if they can fully realize their potential in both the national team and in their clubs, we can have a great generation of players.”
He also said that the team’s mental strength was the chief attribute to winning the Gold Cup.
“It was not easy facing an American team and carrying all those ghosts. But the team showed discipline both on and off the pitch and maturity as a group.”
Both Carlos Vela and Giovani Dos Santos are now favoured to start against the USA in the World Cup qualifier at the Estadio Azteca on August 12th.