Jorge Luis Pinto is the head coach of the Honduran national football team and after having gone through a very disappointing campaign with his team during the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, he is now eager to get his team back in form and on track for their approaching matches.
Honduras has consistently managed to reach the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup as they secured the 3rd and 4th spots of the regional tournament from 2009 until 2013 but in the latest edition of the competition, Honduras performed mediocrely and failed to make it out of the group stages as they had to settle with the 11th position.
Luis Pinto is aware that his players did not perform at their best but he remains optimistic that his team can recover their form and get things going.
“There’s a new generation of talented young players coming through. Some of them already have experience of playing abroad and have had a taste of international football, which is really important in my eyes. It’s something we can work with.”
“Some games have been learning experiences and have been demanding for us, especially the ones with Brazil and Mexico. To my mind, the results in the Gold Cup don’t reflect how we played. We performed well, but we made some schoolboy errors. It hasn’t been easy, but my feeling is that, one way or another, we’re doing fine.” Jorge Luis Pinto stated as he said that even with the underwhelming results of his team, they have been learning a lot along the way.
Reaching the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup with Costa Rica is what rose Jorge Luis Pinto to prominence as this was a huge accomplishment. During the 2014 World Cup, Costa Rica was pitted in Group D where they had to face off against Uruguay, Italy and England.
Costa Rica was expected to finish these group stages in the bottom spots while England and Italy were the big favorites but Jorge Luis Pinto managed to push his team to 2 wins and 1 draw which was enough for Costa Rica to claim the top spot.
The positive run of Costa Rica in the 2014 World Cup continued as they defeated Greece and just barely lost against Netherland in the quarter-finals. These kinds of performances and results are what Jorge Luis Pinto is planning to accomplish the Honduran national team.