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'Chepo:' I intend to fulfill my contract

ARLINGTON – Mexican national team coach Jose Manuel "Chepo" de la Torre admitted Thursday night that El Tri's 2013 Gold Cup elimination following a 2-1 semifinal loss to Panama on Wednesday night was "frustrating," but added that he didn't know whether he would continue at his post.

"The one who contracted me can determine whether I continue, but at this moment what we all feel is the frustration over the defeat," De la Torre said after the match.

"I have a contract for a process and I intend to fulfill it," he said. "I have no limits (to consider resigning if more fiascos occur).

"Those who hired me can decide. At the end of the day, I am the person in charge together with my work group, because we were the ones who chose the players and tried to coach them; the goals haven't been reached, we fell far short," he said.

"I signed a contract whose final objective was to qualify for the World Cup and I will put all my efforts to it. It has not been a good year, goals have not been met. I insist: we have fallen short; I can only keep on working," he added.

De la Torre shifted some responsibility to his players. He said he substituted Gullit Pena with Jorge "Chaton" Enriquez because of the large number of mistakes that Pena had made.

"Didn’t they see the number of mistakes we were making during the match? They were clear to everyone. And in the same way as I took (Pena) out, I could have taken out three or four more," he said.

De la Torre said it is impossible for a national team to win all the time, even for powerhouses like Spain or Brazil.

"We knew it would be very hard. We discussed it. We always try to win and play and see our goal through. Brazil, Spain, it is impossible to win everything all the time. What's left is to chin up and move on."

He insisted he will continue to focus on the goal of qualifying for the World Cup.

"I have always done it this way, I have always trusted the quality of the Mexican footballer. If I didn't, I wouldn't have taken (the job) on," he said.

Information from ESPN Deportes was used in this report.

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