Soccer  > World Cup  > Mexico to go for win against Uruguay
June 21, 2010, 10:13 AM
By Gerardo Mart??nez G??mez

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Selected as much for his spirit as ability, Cuauht??moc Blanco speaks for El Tri more than anybody else, and is assuring all that no one in the Mexican national team is thinking of playing for a draw against Uruguay on Tuesday.

"We are going to face a tough team, but it has weaknesses and we will have to find and take advantage of them," the 37-year-old striker said. "We have a great team and we've demonstrated it, but to this moment we haven't won anything.
"We have to continue with that mentality, we have to keep on working and if we want to aspire to anything, we have to beat Uruguay and then see what comes next. We have to fight for the three points in order to be first place in our group."

Mexico moved to the brink of the second round with its 2-0 victory over France on Thursday, and could clinch a place in the round-of-16 with a draw against Uruguay. The team, tied with Uruguay atop the Group A standings with four points, has maintained that it's taking the tournament day-by-day, but Blanco already is thinking of the quarterfinals -- and is not intimidated by the thought of facing Argentina.

"I don't care who the rival is. Argentina has good players, but we aren't afraid of them. Obviously they are great team and we have to play them man for man. We know their individual abilities, but we need to be close to them in order to not give them much space."

Blanco reiterated he and his teammates are not dreading Argentina, despite having been eliminated by "Los Albicelestes" four years ago in the second round of the World Cup.

"We aren't afraid and bring on any team," he said. "We could face them in the quarterfinals or the semifinals, if we qualify."

Defender Ricardo Osorio, who while in South Africa has returned to the right side, feels Mexico's performance can still improve.

"We worry more about ourselves than for the opponent," he said. "We respect the Uruguayan forwards the same way that they respect us. I think that we can play better despite the fact that we have played well as well as improving some details on certain plays.

"We are still missing certain aspects of our play that we've had in games against Italy, the Netherlands and England, in which we played well, but now we have to win with whatever it takes."

Another with the win at all costs attitude is goalkeeper Oscar Perez, who like Osorio said that El Tri has much to improve upon, and could step in that direction with a victory over Uruguay to finish atop Group A.

"We don't put limits on ourselves and we can still give a lot more," he said. "We have to keep growing, wanting more and using the win against France to continue forward. We have to continue at this level and we can't lower our level because as of now the matches are going to be tougher.

"We are a quality team that wants to transcend, but we've turned the page because Uruguay is next who we need to beat in order to move into first."

Obligatory changes in the starting 11

Following the injury to Carlos Vela, and the suspension to Efrain Juarez, Javier Aguirre will have to make some changes to his starting lineup. Against Uruguay, speculation is that P??rez, could be joined by Carlos Salcido, Francisco Javier Rodr??guez, H??ctor Moreno, Osorio, Gerardo Torrado, Rafael M??rquez, Andr??s Guardado, Giovani Dos Santos, Guillermo Franco and Javier "Chicharito" Hern??ndez.

Group A

Friday, June 11
South Africa 1, Mexico 1
Uruguay 0, France 0
Wednesday, June 16
South Africa 0, Uruguay 3
Thursday, June 17
France 0, Mexico 2
Tuesday, June 22
Mexico vs. Uruguay
France vs. South Africa


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