Football: Mexico head to Russia with one aim - to win, says defender Hector Moreno

Hector Moreno of Mexico's World Cup squad responds to questions from journalists during Mexico Media Day on May 25, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California ahead a pre-World Cup soccer friendly against Wales in Pasadena on May 28, 2018.
Hector Moreno of Mexico's World Cup squad responds to questions from journalists during Mexico Media Day on May 25, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California ahead a pre-World Cup soccer friendly against Wales in Pasadena on May 28, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Mexico head to the World Cup in Russia with a clear objective, to reach the final and win it, defender Hector Moreno said on Thursday (May 24).

"We are going to play the World Cup to win it," the Real Sociedad defender said as Mexico prepared to face Wales on Monday at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. "For me the important thing is to get home and not have any regrets.

"We know that we are not favourites. We know that no one thinks that Mexico will win. I think the Mexican team is ready."

Moreno, 30, is part of the 28-player preliminary World Cup squad named by coach Juan Carlos Osorio this month.

He is aiming to play in a third World Cup after South Africa in 2010 and Brazil 2014.

Osorio was also bullish on Thursday on the chances that Mexico, who have fallen in the last 16 at the last six World Cups, can surprise in Russia.

"We believe that we can go to the final, as athletes and human beings it's our right to believe, because we work hard for it," he said. "We have a team that will always play to win."

Mexico, drawn in Group F with Germany, South Korea and Sweden, will start off against the reigning champions on June 17.

"Mexico, against the giants, always tends to lift itself," Moreno said.