The El Tri No.1 has no plans to concede his job to any of the younger goalkeepers in the player pool, as he looks to start in Qatar
Guillermo Ochoa says he’s not planning on giving up the Mexico No.1 job any time soon, setting his sights on playing at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
After suffering a 5-1 defeat in Seville with Standard Liege on Thursday, the goalkeeper said he’s eager to help players like Tijuana goalkeeper Gibran Lajud and Necaxa shot-stopper Hugo Gonzalez get better, but rather than handing the starting role off to them will instead look to start at his fifth World Cup.
"I’m going to make it tough for the guys coming after me. My hope is to be at the next World Cup and to play in the next World Cup," he told Goal . "There are young people who are doing well like Lajud and like Hugo that were just called up, and little by little they’ll have to get experience. For my part, of course I have to fight to be there like always, excited and playing and helping them too because you’re not going to be eternal." Editors’ Picks
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Ochoa played all of Mexico’s 4-1 defeat to Uruguay in the September before returning to Belgium prior to a 1-0 defeat to the United States . With interim manager Ricardo "Tiuca" Ferretti calling the shots, Ochoa said he’s looking for someone to take over the team and get a base of players ready.