March 10, 2009

Mexican national-team players said they support the work Sven-Goran Eriksson has done after speculation arose over his job standing should he not pull out a good result on Wednesday vs. Bolivia.

Leandro Augusto revealed that everyone on the roster for the friendly game in Colorado is confident in the Swedish manager.

"We have to think positively," he said. "We have to think that Mexico will get a good result, whether it's with Bolivia or Costa Rica, we play as the home team, that is going to be a huge confidence-booster. I believe that Mexico will come out prepared for this game and that we will get our first victory in the Hexagonal."

Mexico opened the final round of 2010 World Cup qualifying with a 2-0 loss to the U.S. and, combined with a three-match winless skid to end the semifinal round, Eriksson's job seemingly has been in danger. Mexico will play Costa Rica on March 28 in Estadio Azteca.

Leandro said the game against Bolivia will help them tune up before their clash with los Ticos.

"We have to find ourselves, we will only have few days to prepare against Bolivia, but this will help us get ready for Costa Rica," he explained. "We have to come with the highest intentions of getting ready for the mach."

Israel "Jagger" Martinez commented that it will be important for him to get Sven's eyes on him so he can be considered for the upcoming games.

"I think we have a good group," he said. "I've trained with this group and we've all trained pretty hard. I know that Eriksson has a lot of pressure because things haven't one his way. But that's the way soccer is and we support Mr. Eriksson. I support him personally because he gave me the opportunity to be with the team."

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