Mexico fans have been accustomed to winning for the past two years. El Tri has been able to field many great names in that span of time, and have produced some great matches. However, the game in Azteca against Jamaica has caused fans to become unsettled.
I have been one of those who preaches the 4-2-3-1 for Mexico. It is a perfect fit for our type of game. Yet, Chepo has been consistently trying a 4-4-2, and it simply does not work. In addition, Chepo continues to let the wingers/wing-backs send useless crossed to the middle of the box, all while the defenders are standing ready to clear the ball. These things have been plaguing Mexico, which we saw it first hand against Jamaica.
Before I continue to go over what went wrong, how about what can come out of such a poor game. As of now, Chepo de la Torre has to understand he was at the top of the list for reasons Mexico played completely stagnent. This will put Chepo in one awkward situation if he doesn’t realize it, because it could untimely send him packing his bags. Mexico’s demand for success will not allow Chepo to continue his stingy ways, and this will force him to make the needed adjustments. Some of the them will be…
- Have faith in the younger players. These guys won a Gold in London and it was no accident.
- Exit the 4-4-2, enter the 4-2-3-1
- Clean the roster of veterans who have stronger talent behind them on the depth chart.
- 25+ yard shots need to go. Complete wastes of attack.
- Preach short flowing passes. Forget the long momentum killing crosses (when not in attack).
- Lastly, don’t ever sub Gio after 45 minutes. It was a total mistake.
Mexico was able to walk away with a point, and can still say they are undefeated. Yes, the road does get tougher, as Mexico will face the only team to win a game in Honduras. But, if this past game taught us anything, it is that Chepo just lost his space to be stingy.