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Mexico Can’t Get Overconfident Going Into Tuesday’s Game Against Brazil

peralta 600x534 Mexico Cant Get Overconfident Going Into Tuesdays Game Against Brazil

After months of inconsistent and poor performances by Mexico, fans of El Tri are finally relieved after Mexico’s win against Cameroon, but are now overconfident about Mexico’s future in the World Cup. After the final whistle blew on Friday, Mexicans are expecting to at least draw against Brazil on Tuesday and finally beat Croatia to secure a spot in the knockout stage. However, El Tri and its fans should not rest on their laurels and fall into a false sense of belief regarding Mexico’s possible reach.

Cameroon’s performance on the field was awful and was not up to the challenge that a World Cup debut implies. The “untamable lions” seemed more like domesticated kittens and failed to put pressure on Mexico. In addition, Cameroon was, as everybody, surprised by Mexico’s quick first touch and physical effort to recover the ball. Despite the above, with a such poor display, Cameroon had many shots — almost as many as Mexico, and could have leveled the game with a last minute header. Moreover, Mexico seemed to have run out of breath during the final 15-20 minutes and started to allow open spaces f0r Cameroon to veer close to the goal.

The game against Brazil will be a much harder test for Mexico, and will reveal Mexico’s real odds in this year’s World Cup betting odds. With a much more aggressive pace than Cameroon, Brazil will pressure Mexico and will inevitably expose El Tri’s slow defense. Furthermore, the Scratch du Oro will hop on the field with a lighter burden and will display a more elaborate performance that could only be restrained if Mexico’s midfield proves to be as relentless as it was against Cameroon.

Mexico is well aware that Brazil will probably secure its place in the knockout stage with a win against El Tri; moreover, Croatia’s defeat against Brazil and Mexico’s victory against Cameroon were outcomes expected by El Piojo Herrera. In that sense, Mexico’s task against Brazil has probably always been to lose by only one goal and, as expected, face their third match against Croatia with a “loser goes home” mentality.

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5 Responses to Mexico Can’t Get Overconfident Going Into Tuesday’s Game Against Brazil

  1. Yespage says:

    Overconfident going against Brazil?

    Brazil is a harder team than Cameroon.

    Water is wet.

    Got it!

    • Pablo Amador says:

      It may seem strange, but an impressive amount of Mexicans, since the victory against Cameroon, are very confident on winning against Brazil.

  2. atorr says:

    In agree but..Cameroon had many shots? Almost as many as mexico?? What game did you see?

  3. eltricolor2014 says:

    1.) Mexico will have to beat the officials. Against Cameroon the officials disallowed 2 goals for incorrect offsides. Against Croatia, the officials were blatently pro-Brasil, even awarding Fred’s dive a penalty. It’s an uphill climb.
    2.) It’s all about defense, if Mexico can spend more time attacking they may keep Brasil back and cut the number of counter attacks. Neutralizing Neymer will be key.

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