I told you so! No one believed me. But I knew Mexico had it in them to beat Italy. The Italian side is a shadow of the side that won the World Cup four years ago. And that team, quite frankly, was the worst team to have ever won a World Cup. Old, slow and lacking any real quality. I’d actually picked a 3-1 win for Mexico, but 2-1 is close enough. Of the five last friendlies I’m happy to say I got all of them right, with one exact score.
I had feared, when their European friendly schedule was revealed, that the Mexican Football Federation were taking a big risk. Maybe even a big mistake. England, Holland and Italy – all big names, all away from home, and all in the space of 10 or 11 days. Three thrashings would have been a severe blow to the squads moral. But against England, they showed they could play in the first half. Against Holland they showed they could play in the second half. Against Italy they showed they can play and keep playing through a whole game.
Their performances have been a credit to them. And a warning to France, South Africa and Uruguay. But. There’s still a question mark over their ability to score goals. Even today they wasted more chances than they should have. Whilst Capello decided to take only four strikers with England to the World Cup, Aguierre picked seven. And none of them inspires 100% confidence when it comes to putting the ball in the back of the net.
Aguierre does like to play with three offensive players. So who plays and who warms the bench. For me G dos Santos is a definite starter. He offers something different to the rest of them, and can sit just behind the front duo. Blanco and Bofo are definite non starters. Blanco is an impact player to be brought on late in a game. Bofo might as well make himself comfortable on the bench.
So that leaves Medina, Chicharito, Vela and Franco fighting for two spots. Personally I’d go with Chicharito and Medina. The former is just a little less wasteful than Vela, and a little more in form. The latter has been a more clinical finisher of late. Disagree? Let me know about it. Until then, I leave you with the goals from Mexico v Italy.