Now that the Colombia loss is way out of the minds of the Mexican national team…El Tri looks to gain momentum after a 2-0 win over Wales. Missing a number of key players in the match against Wales, leaves a lot of intrigue for the clash with Bosnia. Mexico maintained a lot of possession, and have several opportunities to make it a total rout. Wales will have to thank keeper Jason Brown who was a total star for the Dragons against a powerful Mexican attack. Some positive signs from the game were definitely Barrera, and Giovani, who seemed to be shaking off some rust. Of course the play of de Nigris relieves some pressure from some of Mexico’s other stars. Now Mexico is preparing to go head-to-head against Bosnia. The last time these two met Mexico claimed a 2-0 victory with goals from Chicharito, and Pacheco.
1) Can Mexico find a rhythm?
Bosnia can be a very dangerous team if Mexico sleeps on their attack. However, if Mexico is able to get on a roll like they did against Wales and cement a dominant offense…then it should be smooth sailing for El Tri. It will be on Mexico to gain control and flow of the game with their offense. I’m going to be keeping my eye on Giovani, as he tries to plant his role as the go-to guy. His form in the 2011 Gold cup was unreal, so if he can find some early confidence, Mexico may be able to capitalize on some attacks unlike the Wales match.
2) Bosnia will be hungry, and going to attack early
Two guys who really stood out against Wales actually were Maza Rodriguez and Hector Moreno. Any time Wales really tried to pressure Mexico, these two were there to kill off any danger. Bosnia is coming off a loss to Ireland and this will be their last game before August, so you know they want to keep Mexico on their heels and get a win. However, depending on who are accompanying Moreno and Maza in the line-up, Mexico has more than enough talent to deflect any hostility from Bosnia. The first 20 minutes are going to be crucial for Mexico as they attempt to do so.
3) Can Aldo de Nigris keep up his great form?
It is rumored that Chicharito will be joining the squad for this match, which is great news for all Mexico fans. Though, with two top-notch goals against Wales will Aldo de Nigris be getting some solid minutes? It is possible that de Nigris could get the starting nod, and he would be much deserving. It may be in Mexico’s best interest to give Chicharito some late minutes (instead of starting) and save his energy for Brazil. With Aldo gaining major confidence, it may benefit Mexico not only against Bosnia…but to stretch the threat against Brazil.
There are many storylines to watch for in this friendly. Mexico can really establish themselves as a major threat this year with a good result against Bosnia. Mexico will take the field this Thursday May 31st at Soldier field in Chicago. The match will start 9:00 P.M. (EST)