Mexico vs. Peru: Jose Manuel De La Torre on the Hot Seat After Draw
After Mexico's fifth draw in five 2013 matches, manager Jose Manuel de la Torre is on the hot seat.
Mexico, which mustered only three out of nine points at the beginning of the Hexagonal (good for fifth place), has started the calendar in unimpressive fashion after advancing easily past last year's CONCACAF World Cup qualifying semifinal stage.
In the 0-0 draw with Peru on Wednesday, Mexico managed just six shots (two on goal), according to FoxSports.com. That included sending five shots off target in the first half alone despite dominating possession.
There were two missed chances in particular in the match for Mexico. In the first half, Gerardo Torrado connected with Raul Jimenez down the right side of the pitch with no one in sight for the Peruvians except goalkeeper Jose Carvallo. But Jimenez hit the side of the post on a poor angle.
Even after being awarded a controversial penalty kick in the 68th minute, the Mexicans weren't able to capitalize, with Angel Reyna's shot left being saved by Carvallo.
When will this drought end for the talented Mexicans? Will it ever? At this point, something's missing, and the simplest explanation is that Mexico plain and simple isn't executing on the attack. The failed attempts of Jimenez and Reyna were brutal indicators of that fact.
Mexico has appeared to lose that essential confidence in its attack. Heck, the Mexicans had five corner kicks in Wednesday's match, yet managed only six shots.
Who should be blamed for Mexico's lackluster start?
If Mexico hadn't started in such mediocre fashion this year, Wednesday's match would have simply been treated as a friendly, but Mexico desperately needs to find itself at this point. That, essentially, is De La Torre's responsibility.
Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez is the top scorer for Mexico in its last five matches. In fact, he's the only scorer for Mexico. There is obviously something wrong here. We all know the Mexicans have the talent to score more than this.
Pablo Barrera wasn't able to inject life into the team, either. In the veteran's first match back from an injury, he was aggressive, but it was wasted aggression. The lack of connection with his teammates was evident. Perhaps that will change, but it better change quickly.
De La Torre may have to switch things up because what he's doing at the moment obviously isn't working. It's easy to blame some of the Mexican players for the team's performance thus far, but turning things around ultimately lies in a manager's hands, especially when you have the talent on the pitch that Mexico does.
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