The Burrito Wrap - 11th March

El Tri fan

After last week’s draw with Nigeria and with less than 100 days until Mexico kick-off their World Cup campaign against Cameroon, this week’s Burrito Wrap takes the chance to look at some stories surrounding El Tri.

 

Player Passion…

 

I thought the friendly against Nigeria was a great game. Normally I’m not a massive fan of international friendlies, but the game showed why they still have an important role on the fixture list.

 

The majority of goalless games are slow, boring, and often barely warrant the title of ‘football match’ – yet this game was open, flowing and fast-paced. If it weren’t for quality performances from both goalkeepers the game could have easily finished 4-4.

 

Having earlier watched England’s ‘stars’ perform with the usual complete lack of interest and passion that typifies every one of their friendlies, it was a pleasure to watch the Mexican squad put so much effort and desire into their own performances. It was very apparent how much the squad values the honour of representing El Tri, whereas England’s players view international football as a chore rather than a pleasure.

 

Credit must also go to Herrera for keeping everyone guessing regarding his preferred starting XI. All the squad clearly still think they have a good chance of taking the field in Natal, and their keenness and willingness to prove their value undoubtedly contributed to the high-octane performance.

 

Fan Passion…

 

The game itself was a 68,000 sell-out, a record attendance for a football game in Georgia. While the players gave it everything on the pitch, the fans did likewise in the stands – their passion is almost unrivalled anywhere in the global game. Aside from the sporting reasons, we should be thankful that El Tri qualified for the World Cup – the tournament would be less vibrant without them.

 

A word on the FMF though. Why do they now insist on playing so many games in the United States? Of course, the large Mexican population there get to see their team more often, which is good, but the primary reason is money. Reports suggest the Mexican Federation are taking nearly $5 million for each game in the US, a number they cannot get close to if they friendlies play in the Azteca.

 

Chicharit-NO…

 

Out of form, out of fitness, out of mind. Javier Hernandez did nothing to suggest he warrants a place in Miguel Herrera’s squad, let alone the starting XI. The Manchester United man looked every bit a player who was drastically short of minutes on the pitch – his touch was poor, his positional sense was absent, and in struggled to get involved in the game.

 

While Herrera has stated the Euro-based players need to be both playing and in-form to make the cut, the cynic in me would suggest Hernandez will go to Brazil for commercial reasons alone. It would be desperately sad and unfair to one of either Alan Pulido or Raul Jimenez if they were left out of the squad. They both looked far sharper and more dangerous than Hernandez when they came on against Nigeria, and both deserve to be on the plane ahead of him.

 

By Daniel Price

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