“This game can change our lives”
What matters against Germany tactically, why the Frankfurt team is so important and why the goal is to win the World Cup “quite honestly”: Mexico’s defender Hector Moreno in a big kicker interview.
Hector Moreno (30) is playing against Germany in his 93rd international and thus symbolizes an extremely experienced Mexican team – which wants to become world champion, as everyone in the team formulates so offensively. In the big kicker interview, the central defender explains why the group win before the opening opponent is Germany.
They are already playing their third World Cup, Chicharito as well, Rafa Marquez even his fifth, Keeper Guillermo Ochoa is there for the fourth time, just to name a few. The “Tri” knows itself. An advantage?
This is also very important. And well, we just have more experience. All of us have grown during this time, as footballers and, at the same time, as people, I am more balanced now than before, can concentrate better on my work. We have a wonderful maturity.
However, tournament after tournament it has always been like this – out to the round of 16.
But all these experiences have made us grow, mature. To the extent that I now assume that we can change things if they go badly against us. This is due to the increased experience compared to the last tournaments.
So the goal is…?
… to be honest: become world champion. I speak for myself now. That’s what I dream of. Every player of us does. Of course: luck, referee, opponent, a lot of things have to come together.
What if it wasn’t enough for the title?
If I can leave Russia with a clear conscience and the people around me are proud of me, that would also be a success for me. No matter how far it took. I just want everything for my country.
Who are your favourites?
Germany first and foremost. Because as world champions they still have the basis of those days, but they also got new players. A new generation. Germany could send three competitive teams into the race. Added to this is Spain, due to the quality of the players. And Brazil walked through the most difficult qualifying group in the world. The Selecao has great players and a great coaching team. But I wouldn’t forget France with young, high quality professionals playing in the best teams in the world.