FORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) — Mexico coach Miguel Herrera vowed to disrupt Brazil's flowing game when the regional rivals meet Tuesday, but indicated he is unlikely to make room for Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez in a lineup that won their opening match.
Hernandez came on in the 74th minute against Cameroon, replacing goalscorer Oribe Peralta in the 1-0 victory in Group A. Herrera described Hernandez as a valuable player on the bench, saying he was pleased with the first match's lineup.
"People can get heated up because they want to see Javier on the pitch, but they also understand that we need to use the best 11 at our disposal," he said on Monday.
"(Hernandez) has had a difficult season ... and he had a wonderful game when he came on. He gives us options."
Showing little sign of frustration, Hernandez said Mexico should play to win, without reservation.
"If you aspire to do great things, you have to beat the best," he said. "We know the pressure is on them and that could serve us well because they are a great team."
Mexico came to Brazil after a troubled qualifying campaign, with the 46-year-old Herrera stepping in late to rescue them.
Looking ahead to facing the host nation, Herrera said his players have been told to deny Brazil possession in an encounter which he promised would be "physically demanding.
"We will attack across the width of the pitch, because that worked well against Cameroon," he said. "But Brazil is not Cameroon and when we fall back there will have to be two or three of us for every Brazilian, to sever their lines of attack."
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