Mexico coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has admitted that time is running out for him in the wake of his side’s 2-0 defeat to United States in Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier.
“We go on working,” he said in his post match press conference. “I think we have a good team. As a coach, I must be sure that the heads don’t go down. Life goes on. We have nine more games [to play in the Hexagonal round of qualifying].”
“Football is a big sport and, face it, sometimes it’s not a friend of patience.
“But I’m optimistic because I think we have a good team. We have to score goals – that’s our biggest problem.
Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Michael Bradley did the damage with two goals either side of Mexico’s Barcelona defender Rafael Marquez seeing red for a reckless challenge on home keeper Tim Howard.
“It’s difficult when it’s 10 on 11, but I think our team showed a lot of character. And that’s good for the future.
“He already said this in the locker room in front of the players and the coaches. He is very, very proud to be playing for Mexico. I think it’s very well done that he did it.”
“We are not the best team in the world to score goals,” Eriksson admitted. “But the team, the attitude, I’m very happy about these. We have to go on working, we must create chances and put the ball in the net.”
*You can read an exclusive interview with Eriksson in the March 2009 issue of World Soccer (on sale February 13).