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Mexico demands and Lavolpe delivers
CHICLAYO, Peru, July 11 (Reuters) - Mexico coach Ricardo Lavolpe, fed up with being criticised for his team's performances in friendlies, says he has so far delivered everything that his adopted country has demanded of him.
Saturday's 1-0 win over Argentina, Lavolpe's homeland, virtually guaranteed a quarter-final place in the Copa America and was by far their best performance under his stewardship.
Mexico's form in friendly matches, which Lavolpe has used to experiment with younger players, has been poor and resulted in defeats by Uruguay, Peru, El Salvador and arch-rivals United States, as well as a dismal goalless draw against Iceland.
Competitive games have been a different story.
Mexico co-hosted and won the CONCACAF Gold Cup last year, beating Brazil's Olympic team twice and keeping a clean sheet in every game.
They smashed 18 goals past Dominica in their two-legged preliminary World Cup qualifier last month and Lavolpe also made sure the under-23 team reached the Athens Olympics.
"I accepted the responsibility one and a half years ago," said Lavolpe, whose reign began with a friendly defeat against his homeland.
"They demanded the Gold Cup, I gave it to them. They demanded we qualify for the Olympics, I did that as well. They demanded this result (against Argentina), I have given it to them.
"I know it is the results that matter. It is results, results, results and nothing else. Maybe this one will allow me to work in a bit more peace.
"Mexican football has improved a lot and today we are good enough to play anyone," he said.
Lavolpe, reserve goalkeeper in Argentina's victorious 1978 World Cup squad, casually told reporters on Thursday he might resign in a year's time because of the criticism, before saying the following day his comments had been misinterpreted.
The 52-year-old said he wants to stop coaching professional teams when he leaves his current position and concentrate instead on juniors and grass roots.
If he were to resign next year, he could leave Mexico managerless at a crucial stage of the World Cup qualifiers, which are almost certain to be followed by the tournament itself in Germany in 2006.
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