Mexico is on its way to fighting for a ticket to the final of the Confederations Cup. In their way, however, is a young Germany side who has shown quality on the field in Group B. For El Tri to walk away with a victory, they will need to make sure they do several things.
Here are the keys for Mexico against Germany…
You might remember this guy as the key against New Zealand, yet, their struggles were apparent in that match, as Vela was one not featured in the starting XI. His vision and control are going to be a necessity against Germany, as El Tricolor has shown dominance on the possession end in every match.
Getting him involved as one of Mexico’s best play creators will be a major component if they want to break down the German defense.
A mental game
There is no denying the talent Germany has on the field, but there is one thing the Mexican National Team must come to grips with, and that is experience. Many of the German players are being “tested” to see who can fill in behind other players moving toward 2018. Mexico is by far the more experienced squad, so realizing that, trusting each other, and understanding that the name of the opponent means nothing once the whistle blows is pivotal.
Simply put: Mexico cannot defeat itself just because they’re facing Germany.
Andrés Guardado will be missing this match due to yellow card accumulation, but Mexico’s two midfield stars are ready to go in Jona dos Santos and Héctor Herrera. Their performance is the engine on how Mexico performs, as we have seen in the first three matches of the cup.
If El Tri can control the pace of the game, it will be because of the midfield, and if they are doing this, guys like Chicharito and Vela will also be successful.
Mexico faces Germany on Thursday at 2:00 P.M. ET.