Miguel “Piojo” Herrera, Club America and Mexican national team coach is on top of the world. First, he is close to repeating as La Liga MX champion, a feat that has not happened since 2004 when Pumas UNAM accomplished it under Hugo Sanchez’ leadership. The second reason Herrera is flying high is that he is taking the Mexican national team to Brazil 2014.
He stated to ESPN Deportes that he does not care that America arrives to the final matches with many fans not believing they are the “favorites” to win the Apertura 2013 title. With this mentality Herrera states his team can play without pressure. However, he did state that “there is an obsession to win the ‘double.’”
“The obsession to be champion should always be there,” Herrera added. “You need the desire to be champion. We always have to look for that feat. We have to look for it even more now that we are in the finals. You start the tournament with the dream of reaching these two final games. We had a great tournament, despite all the distractions the team faced, we remained firm. Now we are at the final where we can defend our title.”
Herrera was asked which team reached the finals in better form. The coach said that Leon, as well as his club arrive in optimal conditions to compete for the title. He did say that Leon will be a difficult team to defeat.
“We’re coming in at a good time,” Herrera continued. “I cannot say what team is better since we both have good squads and have been playing well. We’re going to try to take the ball from them and keep them from completing their passing, which we know is key to their game. I think both teams are not dependent on big names, but work as a team that works well on the field.”
And finally, Herrera went on to talk about rookie goalkeeper William Yarbrough and the difference he has made for the Guanajuato-based team.
“He’s doing things right, he’s growing as a player,” Herrera concluded. “He has rookie mistakes, like everyone. But I have no doubt he works hard every day. In some games he’s been the key factor, earning himself a spot on the main squad thanks to his performance.”
The home leg of the series is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 at the Camp Nou. The return leg will take place on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 at the Azteca stadium. America is not only looking for the double, but for the 12th league title that would make them the team with the most championships in the Mexican league.