Mexico vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina: 6 Things We Learned
Mexico lost 1-0 to Bosnia in their worst match since Miguel Herrera took over the team in 2013.
El Tri played fast but had no idea of what to do when they had the ball. There wasn't a clear strategy and the constant change in formation and players were enough to promote Mexico's crumbling.
Less than 10 days from the World Cup debut, Herrera should be worried. Brazil and Croatia will not be easier than Bosnia, while Cameroon will put up quite a fight.
Let's see what we learned from Mexico's first loss in seven months.
Alfredo Talavera Doesn't Stand a Chance of Playing
Alfredo Talavera has proven to be fantastic with Toluca, but against Bosnia the goalkeeper left much to be desired.
Before this match he had played 13 times with Mexico, including the 2011 Gold Cup.
Talavera was very nervous and that put the defense in distress. It was clear that his lack of continuity with El Tri, plus the pressure of a preparation game ahead of the World Cup, influenced his performance.
There is no doubt now that Guillermo Ochoa and Jesus Corona are the only contenders for the starting position.
Bosnia Will Give Argentina a Hard Time
Edin Dzeko, Zvjezdan Misimovic and Miralem Pjanic showed how lethal they can be when they have the ball.
Bosnia displayed great resources: speed, depth, accuracy and superb fitness. Needless to say that their aerial game is sharp.
The Dragons have a very fluid style of play. They pass the ball constantly until they find a space to create goal opportunities.
Bosnia are patient and have flexible players like Izet Hajrovic and Senad Lulic who can surprise and change the rhythm of the game in the blink of an eye.
Javier Hernandez Is out of Rhythm
Javier Hernandez had the chance to level the score at least three times, and he couldn't finish the play.
Chicharito is clearly out of rhythm, and he even seemed lost at times. It is clear that the Manchester United striker is not ready to start a World Cup match.
Hernandez needs to get his knack for goal scoring back, and that will only happen when he gets back in shape and receives more playing time with his club again.
Of course, it will only happen when he leaves Manchester United.
Miguel Layun Is a Thriving Force
Miguel Layun proved, yet again, that he is one of Mexico's most important players right now.
The Club America defender showed his flexibility by playing from the right flank and delivering good results. The last time he appeared in that position was at the 2013 Gold Cup.
He is lethal in counter-attacks, proving that his speed is a key factor when Mexico need to unbalance the rival's defense.
In set pieces Layun also makes a difference. He has a well-educated long-distance shot that can put the goalkeeper in distress.
Mexico Defense Needs Adjustments
Mexico are still struggling in the back line, and that can be their downfall at the World Cup.
Rafael Marquez was deeply missed. His experience and leadership are qualities that El Tri need desperately.
Carlos Salcido put his heart into the game, but his physical condition prevents him from making an impact on the pitch. Francisco Rodriguez continued faltering and had no pace.
The set pieces show Mexico's vulnerability in the back line. This is going to be especially worrying when they face Brazil and Croatia in a matter of days.
Miguel Herrera Needs to Define His Starting XI
Enough with the experiments. Miguel Herrera must make up his mind regarding his starting XI, before the friendly against Portugal.
Herrera hasn't stuck to a regular formation. We have seen players like Carlos Salcido and Andres Guardado playing in at least two different positions.
Others, like Jose Juan Vazquez, have not had continuity with the team, which along with their lack of experience generates a lot of doubts.
Herrera lost his undefeated streak as Mexico coach against Bosnia because the Dragons demanded a lot more from El Tri than Finland, New Zealand, South Korea, Nigeria, USA, Israel and Ecuador ever did.
There is only one game left before Mexico face Cameroon in the World Cup; that is why Herrera needs to give his starting XI at least one match to play together before the tournament's D-Day.
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