Eriksson calls for more of the same in return game
Mexico coach Sven-Goran Eriksson is calling on his team for a repeat performance when they seek their first away win of the World Cup qualifying campaign against Costa Rica on Wednesday.
Mexico cruised to a 2-0 victory over Honduras last night at the Estadio Azteca, with Omar Bravo opening the scoring before Pavel Pardo fired home from the penalty spot.
It was a first win of the final round in the CONCACAF Qualifying Zone for Eriksson's team, and the Swede is now focusing on finding some away form after four games without a win on their travels.
"Winning away is very important and so is playing like we did (against Honduras) - with a fighting attitude," Eriksson said.
"The problem so far since I became coach is playing away. Everybody, me included, wants to watch the team play on Wednesday with the same attitude."
Eriksson is hoping Tottenham forward Giovani dos Santos will be available for the game after he sat out last night with a minor groin injury.
"He is optimistic," Eriksson said. "Giovani will train hard on Sunday, and then on Monday. Before we travel to Honduras, we will have to make a decision on him. I think he will be available."
Eriksson also confirmed Guillermo Ochoa will keep his starting place after he was surprisingly picked ahead of Oswaldo Sanchez.
"In my opinion, Ochoa played very well," Eriksson said. "Oswaldo is a great professional. I spoke to him on Friday to tell him he was not going to start and he told me he supports Mexico, Memo Ochoa and my decision.
"Ochoa is very likely to start the Honduras match, too. I don't need to change after Memo did everything perfectly."