Angus Eve, coach of the Trinidad and Tobago soccer team, said that the key to drawing 0-0 against Mexico in their debut in the 2021 Gold Cup was that their managers executed the projected system. “It was a game with a lot of wear and tear and I can say that we felt comfortable neutralizing Mexico, the key was that we perfectly adhered to the game plan,” said the coach at the end of the game in Arlington, Texas, in the United States.
In the duel, the Mexican team had control of the game and several dangerous arrivals against it, but did not go up on the scoreboard due to the good saves by goalkeeper Marvin Phillip that were worth to maintain the goalless draw. Eve highlighted the defensive order of her team despite the pressure exerted by the Mexican offense, which had them against their goal practically the entire game. ‘They had many options, but I think we settled well behind. It is really difficult to control a team like Mexico with very talented players, who play in Europe. It was not easy, but we are happy, ‘he confessed. The strategist acknowledged that he would have liked to have had a better arrival against the rival goal.
In the second half we had two chances and we really wanted them to be more, but it’s not easy when you face a team like Mexico. Trinidad and Tobago secured their ticket to the 2021 Gold Cup by beating French Guyana on penalties (8-7) in the second preliminary round of the tie. In the first round they beat Montserrat 6-1. In the history of the Concacaf national team tournament, Trinidad and Tobago’s best performance came in 1973, when it was runner-up. Trinidad and Tobago is part of group A of the 2021 Gold Cup along with Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador. On day two of the contest, those led by Angus Eve will face El Salvador next Wednesday.