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Herrera, Mexico target Brazil hoping to be a “rock in their shoe” at the World Cup


Mexican national team coach Miguel Herrera is looking to turn the country’s fortunes around quickly ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

But he also has targets. One of them is group favorites and host nation Brazil.

Herrera admitted Mexico has circled the date they play the Seleção (June 17) and Brazil would be a coveted scalp should they get a result.

“We spoke with [Brazilian coach] ‘Felipao’, and he said Mexico for them is like a stone in their shoe,” Herrera said, speaking in Mexico City. “We’re hoping to be like a rock, not a stone.”

With El Tri still ironing out their pre-World Cup friendly list, but they are scheduled to take on Nigeria March 5. There are plenty of holes to fill and positions to iron out, and according to the report, Herrera pointed to the goalkeeping battle as one of the hottest.

The Nigeria match will be Herrera’s only look at European-based players before the World Cup, so expect Guillermo Ochoa to get a look in goal. The game marks the first time the players abroad get a chance to play under Herrera.

Overall, it will be a big moment for the players from overseas to get a feel for not only Herrera’s tactics, but his expectations. There was a very heavy reliance on the European-based Mexican players under Manuel de la Torre, but under Herrera, they will be used as helpful additions rather than as load-bearers.