On Wednesday, in the heat of noon half a ticket to Brazil 2014 will be up for grabs in the Azteca. Face-to-face with a beast the All Whites will meet their greatest obstacle.
A raging inferno awaits the Kiwis in the depths of the colossal Azteca.
The Kiwis could never have imagined such an intense fixture when they first qualified for the playoff. But now a nightmare fixture for New Zealand has become a reality.
The All Whites and El Tri are scheduled to collide in a game to determine who leaves for Auckland with half a ticket to Brazil in its pocket.
Troubled times have forced El Tri’s new manager Miguel Herrera to restructure the national team around a base of Club America players.
Chemistry is what matters.
Herrera is hoping the America based contingent can transmit its Liga MX success to the national team. With the way El Tri has been playing as of late it could be the best solution for the time being. Meaning, that all European based players will miss out on the first leg against the Kiwis.
There is no denying that the nerves leading up to these two games have intensified.
A poor performance from El Tri at home could easily kill its possibilities of reaching Brazil.
The All Whites very much new to the Azteca may be overwhelmed by the experience. Mexico must take advantage of the fact that the majority of the starting roster plays at the Azteca on a regular bases. Thus, they know the field well its their dwelling and a weapon in their arsenal come Wednesday.
Herrera has already selected the starting eleven to face the Kiwis Wednesday in the Azteca.
Starting XI: Moises Munoz, Paul Aguilar, Miguel Layun, Rafa Marquez, Juan Carlos Valenzuela, Maza Rodriguez, Juan Carlos Medina, Carlos Pena, Luis Montes, Oribe Peralta, Raul Jimenez.