It is no secret; Mexico has qualified for the hex with ease. All that is left now is a chance to put away a regional rival. With a loss to Costa Rica, El Salvador is all but out for the next round of qualifying. After a very sloppy start against Guyana, Mexico put 5 goals in (with a help of an own-goal) within eight minutes. The offensive blast was a sight for sore eyes, but Mexico could have put that game away a lot sooner. On Tuesday, Mexico will have an opportunity to show it can click on all cylinders. That being said, there are three questions to be answered on Tuesday.
Will Chepo continue to play the wrong players?
Sinha and Torrado have had great times with Mexico, but in 2012, they really don’t have a spot on the roster. There are many young prospects coming up, and the sooner Mexico exposes them, the faster the team can build chemistry. Chepo went with an extremely conservative approach adding the two “veterans.” Ironically, when both were not on the pitch, Mexico scored a barrage of goals. On Tuesday, Chepo can prove he is ready to build for the future, and introduce the young guns in the starting line-up. Moreover, the game is at home and Mexico has advanced…there is no reason for conservative play.
Can Chicharito silence his critics?
Chicharito has not been shanking a lot of shots. The missed penalty really seemed to shake him up, as he continued to play poor football against Guyana. Thankfully, he did get his name on the board with a header via a terrific cross from Guardado. Against El Salvador, Chicharito can really prove his worth, as he has done in the past with Mexico. There is going to be a lot of fight for starting roles, and I believe Chicharito will catch fire. With rumors of a transfer, his play with Mexico could be crucial to attract a big name team, or to get more playing time with Manchester United. Only time will tell, but I have a feeling Hernandez will be stronger than ever.
Will Mexico finally be able to score early?
It has been a pleasure to see Mexico cruise in WCQ. However, it hasn’t been completely flawless. Mexico has been very slow in matches, specifically the first half. It will be crucial for El Tri to get on the board early, and power through to a solid win. With the likes of Aquino, Guardado, and Hernandez, they can do just that. An early score can provide a lot of confidence, especially against a rival. Look for Mexico to attack with precision, as they attempt to end this round of qualification with a much craved rout.
How do you think Mexico will do on Tuesday? Can they get a big win? Or will the struggle to get on the board? Moreover, do you agree that Chepo has been too conservative with some of the roster picks? Share your thoughts with us!
Mexico will play its final game of the qualification round on Tuesday, October 16th. The match will start at 9:00 p.m. EST.