Antonio Naelson "Zinha" apparently doesn't hold the United States national team in high regard. Actually, he doesn't seem to hold them in any regard.
Zinha didn't hold back any of his thoughts on how he really perceives El Tri's regional rival on Monday as he assured reporters that Mexico was the better team.
"To me, Mexico is much better but we need to do things the right way. We need to put the negatives aside," Zinha told reporters.
The negatives likely would include a lack of scoring goals and penchant for mistakes, both of which have plagued Mexico in recent months. Also, the lack of goals has been an issue against the United States as Mexico has three goals in the last decade in games against the U.S. on American soil.
No matter, though. Zinha said the U.S. was not all it was cracked up to be.
"They are very overrated because from my perspective they are not what they are made out to be."
Reporters brought up Mexico's poor record against the U.S. in the U.S. - Mexico hasn't beaten the Americans outside of Mexico since 1999. They asked him if the Mexicans feared playing against the U.S., if they were scared of the U.S. national team.
"Scared of who? Of playing soccer? You can't have any fear on the field, and least of all against a team that is not superior to the Mexican team."