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Mexico must not fear away games, says Aguirre

Struggling Mexico must not fear playing away from home, new coach Javier Aguirre said on Wednesday.

Mexico suffered dismal away form under Aguirre's predecessor, Sven-Goran Eriksson, losing two World Cup qualifiers in Honduras, one in Jamaica and drawing in Canada.

Eriksson was fired in April following the second Honduras defeat, which left Mexico fourth out of six teams in the final stage of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament.

The top three teams qualify directly for 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa and the fourth has a play-off against the fifth South American team.

"We can't be fearful, we have to think about winning matches at home and away," Aguirre, whose team have a 100 percent home record in the qualifiers, told a news conference.

"We must always play the same way home and away, not tactically, but in terms of attitude.

"We can't think that, just because we're playing away from home, that we're already losing," added the former Osasuna and Atletico Madrid coach, who pulled Mexico out of a similar predicament in his first stint in charge in 2001.

"I have full confidence that in our three remaining away games, our attitude will be to try and win the game. I'm not going to allow any player to conduct themselves differently when we play away."

Mexico's next match is away to El Salvador on June 6 and Aguirre promised there would be no surprises.

"I know everything about El Salvador," he said. "I know their coach, who is the Mexican Carlos de los Cobos, their philosophy, I know their players, their variations, and I've watched their last three qualifiers."


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