Mexico was moments away from three points in Honduras, but in the end, found only one. Then against the USA, Mexico dominated possession, kept the ball away from danger, and even drew multiple penalties (although not called). Yet again…one point. Both fans and media are starting to wonder if El Tri will ever find the chemistry it had in the third round of WCQ. Although it appears Mexico is having a disappointing start, here are three reason Mexico will find success for WCQ in June.
1) First up is Jamaica…who has been exposed
Mexico had a very difficult game against Jamaica at home in February, and in the end, they drew 0-0. Since that point, Jamaica has not been playing up to par. They tied again Panama at home, and then was shutout 0-2 against Costa Rica. Mexico, surprisingly has played very well on the road, which could mean their first three points could arrive on June 4th. Moreover, Honduras was easily the most difficult road game, and although Mexico drew, Jamaica will not pose the same threat as Honduras. Looking at Jamaica’s schedule, there are no friendlies for them up to the clash against Mexico, which doesn’t help their cause.
2) Enough time and pressure for Chepo to make clear-minded adjustments
We have a couple of months before we get back to a very important time in WCQ. That being said, Chepo knows that the weight of El Tri is on his back, and this should cause him to make changes needed. If we look back to the last two qualifiers, Mexico dominated possession, but when the game shifted to “Mexico vs Bunker ball,” Mexico couldn’t find the net. This was mainly due to the poor pairing of Zavala-Salcido. To be honest, they both have similar qualities. Had Herrera started with Zavala, I feel Mexico could break the bunker. In addition, the youth continues to step up! I felt much more comfortable with Reyes paired up with Moreno than Maza. Chepo has to see the production these young guys bring. Let’s be real, there is a reason Euro scouts are raving about them.
3) The Nigeria friendly
Nigeria is one of the hottest teams in Africa. Not only will they be in the Confederations cup, but the timing of the friendly on May 31st is perfect. Mexico will be able to utilize this game to fix any bugs, and be able to get a good vibe going into Jamaica on June 4th. As mentioned Jamaica will not be in any friendlies up to June, and neither will Panama (Mexico’s second game in June). Mexico has enough time and practice to figure some factors out and finally shut the critics up.
On a final note, in 2009, Mexico had only three points after four matches (one win, three losses). Mexico is not only more talented now, but they have been the better team in their WCQ games this time around. Just a few changes, practice, and new names is all that is needed to get Mexico on its way to success.