Honduras star Carlo Costly (pictured) lived 11 years in Mexico, but hopes the Catrachos will defeat his "second home" in a World Cup qualifier on September 6, 2013. (Photo: Mexsport)
SUNRISE, Florida – For Carlo Costly, every opportunity to pull on the Honduras jersey is precious. If there is an opponent that provides him with more motivation than others, however, it is Mexico.
After all, he resided 11 years in Mexico City and views the nation as his second home.
On Friday, he and his Honduran teammates will once again take on El Tri in a CONCACAF World Cup qualifier at the Estadio Azteca.
From Honduras’ training camp in Sunrise, Florida, Costly spoke with reporters about the match and the feelings that stem from the crucial encounter on the road to Brazil 2014.
“It’s always special to play Mexico for me, because of the friends I have there and for the time that I lived in Mexico,” said Costly, who has scored five goals against the Mexicans in his international career. “It’s motivating, very special and the truth is that I feel very happy about returning to my second home, or my second city you could say and I’m coming in with a winning mindset of taking all three points.”
Costly recognizes that it will not be easy to beat Mexico at the Azteca, but if it is to do so, Honduras will have to control the center of the pitch.
“I think everything goes through the middle of the field for us,” Costly explained. “In the middle is where the game is managed. If we lose the ball, we have to get it back as soon as possible, and the balls that our wingers give us we’ll be able to take advantage of on scoring chances.”
In addition, Costly pointed out the importance of coming into the match with confidence and the Catrachos having faith in each other.
“You always have to have confidence in yourself and in the teammates we have,” he noted. “We hope to do a good job and take points which will be important. The Azteca is a difficult stadium with 100,000 people yelling at you and saying everything, but I think we are focused on the task at hand.”
Honduras is fourth in the Hexagonal table with seven points, while Mexico is third with eight.