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Mexico: Keys For Success Against New Zealand

KAZAN, RUSSIA JUNE 18, 2017: Mexico's Jonathan dos Santos, Andres Guardado, Hector Moreno, Carlos Vela, Javier Hernandez (L-R 1st row), goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, Raul Jimenez, Hector Herrera, Carlos Salcedo Miguel Layun, and Diego Reyes (L-R 2nd row) pose for a group photo ahead of their 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup Group A football match against Portugal at Kazan Arena Stadium. The game ended in a 2-2 draw. Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS (Photo by Stanislav KrasilnikovTASS via Getty Images)

Mexico is preparing to take on New Zealand on Wednesday, June 21 (1:00 P.M. ET) in the second group stage match of the Confederations Cup. A win for Mexico will do wonders heading into the final match, to see who will be advancing.

Here are the keys for Mexico on Wednesday…

Dominating the midfield

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Mexico had success against Portugal with its possession, especially in the first 20 minutes. Mexico was also able to add pressure and recover the ball in attacking areas, and that is exactly what needs to be done on Wednesday.

It is expected Mexico will take most of the possession, but the efficiency on that dominant possession and pressure when they don’t have the ball is key. One of the strongest parts of El Tri’s game is the mid and wing play, and it will need to be on point against New Zealand. Wasted possession will only add frustration if New Zealand is able to defend as a unit.

Carlos Vela

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He is arguably the most dynamic player on the field for El Tri, and his presence will be huge in the upcoming match. The ball control, pace, and vision he adds to the attack is unmatched, and we saw that in full force against Portugal.

His game is what will be a factor for Mexico when they are on top of possession and looking for that dangerous play to break down the defense.

No sleeping at the wheel 

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It is no argument that Portugal’s attack is more of a threat than New Zealand’s, however, it should be noted that teams can get the best of El Tri, even when they are playing better. Juan Carlos Osorio will need to make sure there is no slacking even though they are the favorites.

The goal differential will be huge depending on what happens in the final matches, so giving up a goal on a silly mistake can come back to bite Mexico.

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