Mexico said goodbye to its beloved estadio Azteca Wednesday, for the time being that is. El Tri will now venture through the United States, in a series of 3 games in preparation for its first match of the FIFA World Cup.
El Tri’s 3-0 victory over Israel in the Estadio Azteca was far from convincing, and it appeared to be more of a send off for veteran Cuauhtemoc Blanco, than a send off for El Tri. Unfortunately, in Wednesday’s match key players like Giovani Dos Santos, Hector Herrera, and Carlos “el Gullit” Pena were unable to feature.
The scoreline is decieving, as El Tri greatly lacked creativity going forward, but it can be said that El Tri was without a number of key elements, thus not many definitive conclusions can be made. Other than the fact that Miguel Layun continues to show prowess, and Marco Fabian is still still in fine form, the game against Israel seemed a wasted opportunity for Miguel Herrera to test his ideal eleven for Brazil.
Saturday’s match against Ecuador will pose a great opportunity for Miguel Herrera to finally build his starting eleven. Many players that were on the bench against Israel will surely get the nod against Ecuador. The selection of midfielders is very strong, but finding the right combination is still a puzzle. Stabilizing the midfield should be a priority for Herrera, as in Wednesday’s send off creativity in the midfield was non-existent.
The abundance of striker options is great to have, but they will falter if the midfield does not feed the attack.
Saturday’s match will be a stern test for Mexico’s backline as well, and we will see if veteran Rafa Marquez can still hold his own against World Cup competition.
Mexico will clash with Ecuador Saturday May 31, at 11:30 PST.