In the eve of the Gold Cup coming to a frantic conclusion in Chicago, Many wonder the absence of CONCACAF power house of Mexico’s National Team. Who’s no stranger to the taste of championship gold? Many begin to find someone to put the blame on. But there is not just one person or one thing to pinpoint for the failure of the recent months.
Many point to the Manager, Jose Manuel (Chepo) De La Torre for the breaking of the commitments starting with the failure of the Confederations Cup and now the fall in the Gold Cup. And with all reason to point fingers but let’s not forget the amazing run the MNT had in 2011 and 2012 after naming Chepo the head coach, followed by U-17 World Cup winning Coach of Carlos Tenna, Which would make an exceptional manager for the MNT.
Another point to make is the lack of creativity in the players themselves , having less play makers do what they should do , a dynamic work force up top . A player like Giovanni Dos Santos would be perfect in this kind of position and has proved his presence in the box means trouble. Who could forget the concentration and tactical aspect of the goal that defined the MNT in the 2009 Gold cup against the USMNT in Pasadena, CA. “Gio” is definitely a difference maker that could make a bigger impact in the months to come in the WC qualifying leading up to Brazil.
For Mexico to be playing against large countries with likewise reputations its better if they play less predictable, I have observed that Mexico’s go to play is to open the pitch and work the sides and knock in a cross , which is being a little over used and very predictable and easy to pick on if you are the opposing defense. With players who can hit hard from outside the box for instance Jose Andres Guardado and Carlos Salcido and if the MNT were to bring a Marco Fabian De La Mora to the equation along with “Gio” and “Chicharito” would be a favorable front.
Putting all this could generate a lot of wins and dominance, concluding in a lot of confidence which is good if you can display that on the field against your opponents. But in the recent years teams that used to be the shame of the CONCACAF is now not just a team whose barley touched a soccer ball but now has set the pace of the best there is in the CONCACAF. With this Mexico must find a way not to underestimate