Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Aguirre's Sorry

Javier Aguirre's Mexican national team looked pretty good in a too-easy tuneup against Bolivia tonight, winning a 5-0 laugher (two goals for Chicharito in his debut with the big club). More performances like this one should lead Mexico to forgive and forget his comments about the insecurity in his nation. He's already apologized, some say as a result of arm-twisting from way up high (i.e. Fernando Gómez Mont). Carlos Loret says he has nothing to apologize:
This reporter doesn't know if Aguirre imagined that no one would find out about his words, or if he was animated by a Spanish red wine or if he was just comfortable in the interview, but this much I know, he didn't say a single lie and his critical exercise doesn't exhibit a lack of commitment to his country or his team.
I'm not sure I agree with that. Aguirre, of course, is free to speak his mind, but he's also a representative of the country, an ambassador before the world, of sorts. What he does reflects on Mexico. And he wasn't asked specifically about insecurity; he was asked "How's Mexico?" He volunteered, "Fucked up", and then expanded on his views at length.

And then there's this, from the same interview:
There are a lot of expectations regarding the Mexican team and then there are voices that go overboard. Champions? Mexico is what it is, it was 15th in Germany, in Korea when I was coach it was 11th and four years before that in France 13th and four years earlier in the US it was 13th.
He may be right, about all of it. But it's not unreasonable to expect the national team coach to hide his pessimism a little better.

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