Mexico: World Cup 2014 Team Preview
Best Ever Finish: Quarterfinals (1970, 1986)
Captain: Miguel Herrera
Manager: Rafael Marquez
Mexico qualified for the 2014 World Cup thanks to a convincing 9-3 aggregate win against New Zealand in the playoffs.
Up until that point though, Mexico had struggled to score goals during the qualifying group phase. Despite this El Tri are a team that possesses plenty of attacking talent.
This though will put much strain on the three centre backs in the newly implement 5-3-2 system.
A lot will depend on veteran centre back and captain Rafael Marquez who will need to marshal his team exceptionally well.
With a new coach, not much is known about how Mexico will play but an attacking style based on rampaging wing-backs is most probable. This is a sensible option as changes in management have been plentiful as of late for the mexicans. Organisational will be difficult to instil and as such an offensively founded tactical base will suit them.
Given the talent Mexico possess, they should be considered a team who can reach the knockout stages. But due to recent flat performances, inconsistency and poor form of several key squad members, it is hard to see them causing any serious damage.
Key Player – Javier Hernandez
Poor form and restricted playing time for his club has resulted in a severe lack of production for Chicharito in recent months. What is undeniable though, is the goalscoring pedigree of the young striker.
Despite being technically sound his all round game is a little limited. But he knows where the back of the net is, with his blistering pace and stunning movement enough to give him plenty of goalscoring chance.
These are traits in short supply in the modern game and although Hernandez hasn’t been on song for El Tri as of late, his ability to sniff out goals makes him a guaranteed starter.