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Mexico is ready to compete for World Cup, says Ramirez

IANS  |  Guadalajara (Mexico) 

has high-quality players with experience in international competition, putting the national team in a position to win the World Cup, said Jesus Ramirez, who coached the Mexican under-17 team to a world title in 2005.

"This is the ideal time to aspire to because several winning generations are coming together at this World Cup," Ramirez told before the screening on Tuesday of "Campeones," a film about the team he led to a title 13 years ago.

The former said could rely on and Carlos Vela, who were both picked for squad by national team Juan Carlos Osorio, to play at a championship level.

Do Santos and Vela were members of the under-17 team that won the world title in 2005.

The two players know how to teach their winning ways to teammates, the said.

The key for Osorio's squad is to focus on playing up to the level of teams like and making it to the final.

"It's a big mistake to think just about the fifth (quarterfinals match), you need seven matches to be the champion. Better to think about (winning) seven, it takes the same amount of time, better to think big," Ramirez said.

Ramirez, who was the in 2008, said the roster unveiled by Osorio on Monday was not a surprise, adding that it was up to the coach to select the team he thinks has the best chance of winning.

Fans were surprised that Osorio did not select midfielders and Jose Juan Vazquez, and for the team.



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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 20:48 IST