El Tri has self-destructed as a defeat in Columbus to the United States has nearly shattered Mexico’s World Cup aspirations.
Currently sitting in fifth place of the hexagonal table. Mexico, as it stands is out of the World Cup. Brazil 2014 drifts further out of reach for El Tri. With morale quickly sinking there is no telling if Mexico will bounce back.
Mexico is known to struggle in the Hexagonal, but never has El Tri looked so uninspired to qualify to the World Cup. Sitting second to last with only two games left is a disastrous scenario for El Tri.
With such a spectacular start to their qualifying campaign it is hard to tell where Mexico went wrong.
Perhaps, Mexico has become too predictable.
Running the wings and crossing isn’t working anymore. CONCACAF teams have proved that. Mexico needs to develop alternative ways of attacking; plural. Ways of adjusting when one style of attack is not working. It seems El Tri relies on one form of attack. If that attack falters then El Tri doesn’t produce. Thus, why not create various styles of attack, so that El Tri can have options when problems arise. That’s something former-manager Jose Manuel de La Torre didn’t do.
But then why question De La Torres tactics if they worked so well at the start of his campaign?
So much success at the start of “Chepo’s” reign might have hurt Mexico tactically.
Disillusioned was El Tri to find that CONCACAF teams had finally figured them out.
Mexico has talented players but if there isn’t a plan-b of attack then players will suffer.
El Tri is still not out of World Cup contention. They are simply at the edge of the cliff; the furthest point before falling.
Mexico remains at the helm of their destiny.
Coincidently, Mexico will face-off against Panama in October for the fourth playoff spot. And Honduras sitting in third place has still not officially qualified. Third place is still up for grabs. Good or bad, El Tri’s fate will be decided in October.