MEXICO CITY -- Mexico has already started training for next month's CONCACAF Gold Cup and even though it has been together for just a few days, the players are feeling good.
Toluca attacker Isaac Brizuela appeared satisfied with the group's work and said that his teammates are all aspiring to repeat the national team triumphs from the last two Gold Cups, when Mexico emerged as champion.
"This is a good national team, despite only being together two days, we have come together well. I believe this team will give a lot and we're going for the Gold Cup. We know the commitment that is required and we want to repeat the feat from the last Gold Cup, so we are going to work step by step," he said.
It is a group that consists of players who all play in the Liga MX, in contrast to Mexican side currently participating in the Confederations Cup. Many are referring to the Gold Cup squad as the 'B' national team, but that line of thinking is a mistake, according to forward Rafa Marquez Lugo.
"I don't think at all that this is a 'B' team," said the Guadalajara player. "We are a group chosen by the national team head coach to represent in the Gold Cup. In no way do I think we are a 'B' team. On the contrary, it's a great opportunity for us all to be here, to be able to raise your hand and aspire to have a place in the World Cup."
In the sessions that started Monday, it was noticeable that the players are already very well focused on the goal of becoming champions once again. When asked if they are thinking a lot about the national team that's at the Confederations Cup, Marco Fabian said that they back the group that's in Brazil, but they are concentrated on their own selves.
"Of course we support them to the maximum, but we are focused on our tournament. We have the same objective, we are committed to play to our fullest at the Gold Cup and for that we are training, being together and getting to know each other," said the Chivas forward.
Mexico will play a friendly against Querétaro on July 3 at the Estadio Corregidora, before debuting at the Gold Cup four days later against Panamá in Pasadena, California.