Mexico Soccer: The talisman; Giovani Dos Santos an irreplaceable presence for El Tri

Photo: AP

Photo: AP

Mexican striker Giovani Dos Santos yet again proved his worth with a stunner against Real Madrid Saturday.

The Santiago Bernabeu turned eerily silent after Dos Santos masterfully slotted home a free kick into the upper right-hand corner of Diego Lopez’s net.

Dos Santos looked eager to ignite a comeback but fell short of the remount as the Galaticos did well to tame the Yellow Submarines efforts. A goal a piece from Gareth Bale and Jese Rodriguez, and brace from Karim Benzema were enough for Madrid to acquire the 4-2 victory over Villarreal.

Mexican internationals Javier Aquino and Dos Santos both played all 90 minutes in the match. But Dos Santos’s left-footed strike was the highlight of the encounter.

Dos Santos’s tendency to produce spectacular goals has become common place. As one of Mexico’s best, he must continue to build up his confidence for this summers World Cup. As El Tri is in dire need of a fully fit Dos Santos.

Moments of brilliance highlight Dos Santos’s career. But that quality continues to be a fluctuating presense when he joins El Tri. Dos Santos has sorely lacked continuity at club level. Which is partly the reason superb performances from Dos Santos are usually followed up by subpar ones.

Luckily, after a long dry spell with Tottenham Hotspur Dos Santos seems to have finally found stability at Villarreal. Confidence at club level is important for Dos Santos. Transfering that mentality is key to Mexico’s World Cup campaign.

After meeting up with coach Miguel Herrera Dos Santos looked reinvigorated in his match against Madrid over the weekend. Dos Santos looks fueled and ready to fully represent El Tri in Brazil this summer.

Perhaps Dos Santos needed Herrera to light a fire in him, to reignite his ambitions for Brazil.

Dos Santos could be El Tri’s talisman for this summers main event.