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OVER THE TROUBLES

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Mexico have gone through a lot of troubles in the qualification stage of the World Cup 2014. They have gone through several managers and poor form, but they have at last made it to the competition.

Since they have come through a lot of ordeal, manager Miguel Herrera says that this may be the country’s best chance to win the World Cup. He says that Mexico are no longer targeting a finish in the last 16 stage of the competition, but they are even looking to go to the final.

This will be a very tough task especially given that Mexico will have to negotiate the likes of Brazil and Cameroon in the group stages of the competition. These are the teams expected to reach the knockout stages, while Croatia will be the dark horse of the group. Due to the lack of any stars in the team, Mexico have not been given much of an opportunity. Herrera says for this exact reason that he feels Mexico may be able to go the distance. The country will be opening their tournament with a match against Cameroon.

Three points is essential from this match if they are to target qualification away from the group stages. Their form in recent matches has shown an improvement.

"The round of 16 seems like very little, we're going to reach the final. When you arrive at the top, you have to keep looking up with the idea of changing everything and winning a World Cup. It's very difficult, but if you don't go (to a World Cup) with that dream, then why are you going? We spoke with (Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari) and he said, for them, Mexico is like having a stone in its shoe,” said the Mexican manager about the possibility of making an impact at the World Cup.