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Mexico veteran Suarez backs new boss de la Torre

Mexico's most-capped player Claudio Suarez believes new national team coach Jose Manuel de la Torre is the right man for the job.

The former El Tri midfielder has taken over the side and gets his first chance to lead the players when they meet New Zealand in Denver in an international friendly.

Suarez, who played 177 times for Mexico and in three World Cups, said that de la Torre might very well be the answer to Mexico's recent woes.

"He's done really good work with football in Mexico," Suarez said through an interpreter. "He's serious and works very tactically and prepares very well. He makes friends with the players.

"The biggest weakness is they haven't played together very long. They have good players but haven't had a lot of time to get used to each other."

But Suarez said that the new boss is likely to get more out of the Mexican players than former manager Sven-Goran Eriksson because he has a similar mindset.

"He had more of a European mentality of play which wasn't very easy for the Mexican players to adapt to," Suarez added. "Their thinking was different than what he was thinking. He didn't know the players well enough."

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