Mexico finished it’s final exhibition match before taking on Honduras on June 8 at Estadio Azteca. It was all Mexico in the 3-1 win over Ireland, and there was a lot Mexico and Juan Carlos Osorio can walk away with heading towards June World Cup Qualification.
Mexico’s attack is stronger than ever
It took only 16 minutes for Mexico to get on the board with a beautiful goal from Tecatito. Less than 10 minutes later, Carlos Vela won a penalty for Mexico, which was the correct call. Looking at the dominance Mexico had over Ireland, we can surely say this offense has a lot to offer.
With Raúl Jiménez and Chicharito both in form, Juan Carlos Osorio has a gift on his hands. He can start either striker in his preferred 4-3-3 or 3-4-3. Moreover, Oribe Peralta had a nice contribution on the third goal with an assist to Carlos Vela.
It’s even more exciting when you see names like Hirving Lozano, Javier Aquino, and Orbelín Pineda on the bench to add even more firepower to the “deadly three.”
Also, Raúl is by far the most deadly penalty taker Mexico has, or may ever have. With 18/18 converted in his career, Raúl is the go-to man whenever Mexico is fortunate enough to win a penalty.
3) Raul Jimenez would absolutely be the choice to represent me if I ever went trial by penalty kicks. #eltrieng
— Jason Marquitz (@soccermexicana) June 2, 2017
Burrito Hernández’s work-rate was highly impressive
It was his debut, and he did not disappoint. The man from Pachuca stepped up against a physical European team and walked away with some new fans. Giving us glimpses of Gallito Vazquez in the 2014 World Cup, the midfielder hit Tecatito with an assist on the first goal.
Along with his vision and passing, Burrito was a pure engine, hustling on every play. His performance will give JCO a lot to think about, and even if he doesn’t go to Russia 2017, he will be a massive addition to the Gold Cup team in July.
Salcedo, Reyes, and Moreno look strong together
Solidifying the defense was Carlos Salcedo, Diego Reyes, and Héctor Moreno, all of which had a good match against Ireland. The attack was not weak from Ireland by any means, but the constant snuffing out Irish attempts at breaking through was what gave Mexico the safety it needed in the back.
It will be very interesting to see these three over the net few weeks finally hit a rhythm, which may hopefully equal the heavy attacking presence.