Mexico’s Moreno on facing Poland: “We always want to play this type of game”

Hector Moreno (pictured) answers questions from the press on November 12, 2017, a day before his Mexico side faces host Poland in Gdansk. (Photo: Mexsport)

GDANSK, Poland – When Mexico was in the process of scheduling friendlies for November, head coach Juan Carlos Osorio wanted his side to face World Cup-level opposition.

That’s why he was delighted to confirm away matches against Belgium and Poland – two of Europe’s top teams.

The Tricolor opened the trip with a 3-3 draw with the Belgians on Friday, but an equally challenging meeting against the Polish awaits Monday.

"We will play against the sixth best team in the world according to the FIFA Rankings, which has very good players, playing in important teams such as Napoli, Monaco, and with a coach (Adam Nawałka), who has directed several national titlists throughout his career…he knows very well the idiosyncrasies of the Polish player,” Osorio said at a press conference Sunday.  “Because of the way [Poland] plays, it is a concept totally different from the one we faced Friday against Belgium.”

Mexico defender Hector Moreno, who scored one goal in 13 games during CONCACAF qualifying for Russia 2018, echoed his coach’s sentiments.

"Not only for me, but for the entire Mexico national team, we always want to play this type of game,” the 29-year-old Roma standout commented.  “They are very important because they demand a type of football that, unfortunately, we do not have every day."

The match will be the third between the sides this century, with both previous encounters ending in 1-1 draws (2005, 2011).


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