HUGE FIGHT FOR MEXICO
Mexico faces a huge fight in order to win back fans after a disappointing 2013 confederations cup. The team failed to create any sort of impact in this tournament, which is the precursor to the World Cup 2014.
After having managed to narrowly get into the competition, Mexico’s new manager Miguel Herrera says that he is not concerned about the lack of stars within the team. The national team will be up against Brazil, Cameroon, and Croatia in the group stages. Brazil are not only the favourites to win the group, but also the tournament itself.
This leaves Cameroon, Croatia, and Mexico fighting for the final qualification spots. All the teams in the group have major stars like Neymar, Samuel Eto’o, and Luka Modric. Barring a couple of players who represent the likes of Manchester United, Mexico are not blessed with such star names.
Herrera is planning to overcome this disadvantage by getting together a group of players who are ready to work for each other. Herrera says that he is not planning to allow Brazil an easy match just because they are the favourites and also the team that has the home advantage.
Herrera’s appointment has seen a turnaround in the nation’s fortunes, as they have been undefeated in the last five matches. They recently managed a 0-0 draw with Nigeria in a friendly.
“We’re going to fight toe-to-toe with Cameroon and Croatia and not only that, we’re going to cause difficulties for Brazil, too. You look at their rosters and 80 percent of the players are in Europe. Unfortunately we have had only two great world figures in Rafa Marquez and Hugo Sanchez,” said Herrera. Mexico have three more friendly matches before the start of the tournament. It will be up against top teams like the United States, Portugal, and Bosnia-Herzegovina.