Football fans around the World are getting ready to witness Mexico battle it out of the group stage against the 2014 World champions, Germany, Sweden and South Korea. The fact that the group seems to be packed with football titans makes it interesting for everyone. It will be entertaining to see who beats who as well as which teams get into the round of 16.
Nonetheless, it is worth noting that Mexico is in a potentially rough path to finding their way to glory in this year’s world cup. They will start their world cup campaign against Germany. This will be a hard game considering that Germany thrashed them 4-1 during their last encounter in the FIFA Confederations Cup semi-final last year. Moreover, if they get through the group stages, they will face off against Brazil in the round of 16.
The team has had an itchy inconsistency in their previous two International Friendly matches. This follows a 1-0 defeat by Croatia in March and a draw against a weaker Wales side last month. According to football analysts, Coach Juan Carlos may want to reconsider enhancing confidence and composure of his team if he wants to make something out of this tournament.
Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez will be in the Mexican squad going to Russia. However, he has to revive his morale having had his worst season at West Ham. In addition to being the team’s most recognizable face, he remains the all-time top goal scorer.
The 31-year-old renowned Real Betis midfielder Andres Guardado will be wearing the team captain’s band in Russia. He will be aiming to employ his calm leadership skills and take his team to glory.
Hirving Lozano will also comprise the Mexico squad. This will be his debut at the grandest world football tournament. He is expected to continue the fine form he has displayed playing for PSV in the Dutch league.
Portugal based Hector Herrera is in the squad. He is in form and will be looking forward to keeping his team flying high.
Eintracht Frankfurt’s midfielder Marco Fabian is ready to take up his strong striking shots in Russia. In the FIFA confederations cup, his long-range shot which landed into the net won him the best goal of the tournament.
The History of Mexico at the World Cup
Mexico has been made 15 appearances in the World Cup tournament. Unfortunately, they have not been lucky to see the finals in any of these times. In the 2014 edition, the Netherlands edged them out the competition by in a spectacular match that ended 2-1. Actually, this was in the round of 16 matches.
Despite the group stages being challenging, I believe that the Mexican squad matches the quality that is expected for the tournament. The squad is not scanty of players with both talent and experience. Therefore, the team may make it for the round of 16 and perhaps fascinate the world by going ahead.