Miguel Herrera believes Mexico learnt plenty from their 1-0 friendly defeat to a "dirty" Bosnia-Herzegovina on Tuesday.
In their penultimate warm-up match before the FIFA World Cup, Izet Hajrovic's goal condemned Mexico to defeat at Soldier Field in Chicago.
However, Herrera expects Group A opponents Croatia to play in a similar style to Wednesday's opponents and, as a result, feels their friendly loss against a "dirty" Bosnia-Herzegovina side served a purpose.
Herrera, who highlighted Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric as dangers for Croatia, warned there was still plenty of work to do for his side before their World Cup opener against Cameroon.
"I learnt a lot about the way Croatia are going to play because Bosnia play a type of football that's very similar to theirs," he said.
"But I think Croatia play a better brand of football than Bosnia who are very dirty. But the two are very similar.
"Croatia have a very strong striker who likes to bring the ball down, and also have two very good midfielders in Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic. They play very similar football in defence - when they're without the ball - but also in the way they use the ball.
"I think this game will help us a lot. But we saw in the game tonight that there are still things that we need to improve on. But we do have another game ahead against Portugal on Friday. And after that it'll be just four or five days to get ready for the World Cup itself."
Mexico have seen Luis Montes ruled out of the World Cup with a leg injury and face Portugal in their final warm-up friendly on Saturday.
And Herrera hinted he may have to alter his line-up against Paulo Bento's men in Massachusetts at the weekend.
"Against Portugal I would like to say that the team will be almost similar to the one we are going to play during the World Cup, but the friendlies were very intense with a lot of blows for the players," he added.
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