Guadalajara (Mexico) .– The coach of the Mexican team in the pre-Olympic soccer, Jaime Lozano, praised the defensive order and the counterattack of the Dominican Republic, his first rival in the Concacaf qualifying rounds.

“Dominicana is a well-structured team, which has players from the second and third division of Spain with a defined idea of ​​the game. It is a team that seeks to defend itself well and then counterattack, which in the rival area does everything possible to finish the plays on crosses and shots on goal, ”he explained.

The former soccer player acknowledged that the fact that the Dominican coach is the Mexican Jacques Passy plays in favor of the Caribbean team.

“Being a Mexican, Passy knows not only me but all the coaches in Mexico. We have had microcycles and FIFA dates to prepare ourselves in the best way and have a cool head to choose the best on the pitch, we have respect for any rival in the group ”, added Lozano.

The former Queretaro coach assured that what he is looking for most against the Dominican Republic is for his team to come out concentrated and with a clear idea of ​​what they have to do with or without the ball to have a coordinated defense.

"When the tournaments are so short, the first game is important, the Dominican Republic will come looking for a good result, they are not thinking of losing, we will come out attentive and with all our best weapons," he commented.

Lozano celebrated that Mexico plays the strongest group, with the United States, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic, since that will allow him to confirm if his players are indeed part of one of the best generations in the history of Mexico.

“It is a strong group, but it is always better to face the best. There is a lot of talk about this generation and it is time to show what has been said, that there are good players, that they are a great generation, that they are up for big things, ”he explained.

The Concacaf Pre-Olympic, which will be played from March 18 to 30 in Guadalajara, will qualify two teams for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.