ARLINGTON, Texas — That wasn’t how Mexico wanted to finish a ubiquitous break.
El Tri took a 1-0 detriment to Croatia on Tuesday night, a improved manager Juan Carlos Osorio said he “could digest.” Harder to stomach were a injuries. Nestor Araujo and Carlos Salcdeo are being tested Wednesday to establish a subsequent step in their liberation processes.
All 3 of a Porto contingent of Diego Reyes, Jesus Corona and Hector Herrera are nursing smaller knocks. Andres Guardado wasn’t during 100 percent. That’s before we even cruise players like a Dos Santos brothers or Javier Aquino who missed out on a initial call-up or had to repel from a register with an injury.
El Tri come out of a ubiquitous mangle with a physique and suggestion bruised, and it will take some time to rebound back. We are accurately dual months divided from a subsequent time Mexico will play a match. Those send-off games need to put smiles behind on a faces of Mexico players or it could be a unequivocally brief outing to Russia this summer.
Let’s dive into a few themes from a diversion starting with a intensity ramifications of Araujo’s knee injury:
Araujo’s arise could strech unhappy conclusion
Nestor Araujo is one of a players who has flourished a many underneath Juan Carlos Osorio. He seemed like a bit of a strech when Osorio called him adult for a 2016 Copa America Centenario yet strike a belligerent regulating with a good display in a entrance diversion opposite Uruguay. From there, he’s turn one of a many unchanging defensive performers for El Tri, and when reports emerged in a winter that he was headed for a Bundesliga it seemed like a ideal fit.
The move didn’t come to pass, yet Araujo’s stay with Santos Laguna was set to come to an finish after a World Cup, with a 26-year-old certain to conduct to a bigger joining after a contest in Russia. Now his appearance is in doubt, yet initial reports from Mexico’s medical staff contend his knee damage competence not be as critical as feared when he was stretchered off a margin and taken true to a hospital.
A right-footed defender who plays on a left side during a bar level, Araujo’s passing might be what seduced Osorio in a initial place. He’s turn a some-more finish defender given his El Tri debut, improving his positional recognition with Osorio seeking him to play in several opposite alignments.
Carlos Salcedo’s damage might keep him out longer, and that also would be a large blow for Mexico. For one, Salcedo has been shifting over to play right behind and profiled as a starter there for Mexico’s best behind line. Both defenders have had an considerable arise by a ranks to acquire starting roles with El Tri. It’s distinct since a categorical tension in Juan Carlos Osorio’s news discussion and from players withdrawal a locker room was sadness.
“We’re going to get together and investigate all this week, yet it unequivocally changes and it changes formed on a earnest of a injures. we consider unfortunately, we take this on, we investigate and have to be prepared for a unfolding in that conjunction of them can be there,” Osorio said of his skeleton for a summer. It’s severe for a organisation and also for a dual organisation on a personal level.
Burrito not adult to a turn needed
Jorge “Burrito” Hernandez was given a formidable charge Tuesday. At a bottom of a solid midfield in a 3-4-3, he was ostensible to stop Croatia’s midfielders from removing during a Mexico behind line. Croatia’s far-reaching enemy ordered many of a courtesy from Mexico’s defenders, withdrawal Hernandez on an island in a core opposite Ivan Rakitic and Mateo Kovacic. It didn’t go well.
He was ostensible to be upheld by Omar Govea and Andres Guardado, yet they also were taken out far-reaching many of a initial half. At a break, Osorio put on Monterrey midfielder Jesus Molina to give Hernandez reduction to do, and he incited in a improved opening with a midfield partner.
“We honour Croatia deeply, we unequivocally consider that they have midfielders who are very, unequivocally capable,” Osorio said. “Rakitic and Kovacic are tip players. So, if we supplement that they have a executive midfielder, we motionless to play with a solid figure so we have an additional actor in a core channel, perplexing to control a diversion staring from there. we do consider that in a initial half nobody dominated a diversion yet we were in control. They didn’t emanate too many chances yet there’s one thing I’d criticize and that’s a fact that we didn’t emanate chances either.
“In general, we consider it was a good event for Jorge Herandnez, for Omar Govea and Rodolfo Pizarro yet we do consider it was a diversion that’s probably, during a moment, too many for them. That’s partial of a building of players and consolidating of players as well. We are OK with that.”
Osorio kept referring to Hernandez as one of a immature players he wanted to give a chance. At 28, he’s immature for genuine life (at slightest this author hopes), yet not for a diversion of soccer. Hernandez is one of those players who has had a good Liga MX career. He’s won a league. He might be means to play in a contest like a Gold Cup again or take partial in games in a arriving CONCACAF Nations League. A World Cup might be over his limits.
Attackers can’t do it alone
Check out this diagram. It’s a actions of a front 3 Mexico started with Tuesday night. Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez is in black, Hirving Lozano is red and Carlos Vela is blue. We can see a few things from a graphic, that was plotted by Goal‘s Steve Han.
First, we see how Chicharito was flapping behind to try and get concerned in a attack. This is a feature, not a bug, of a Mexico complement and a 3-4-3 should’ve authorised Rodolfo Pizarro to pull brazen some-more mostly when a West Ham brazen was anticipating space between a midfield and a invulnerability to get a round directly from a core backs.
More concerning is a miss of any poignant movement in a chastisement area. There are 5 moments of risk from a whole front three. Some of that is on them, yet a lot is on a rest of a team. Pizarro in sold was ostensible to promote chances for a aggressive trio, yet couldn’t provide.
“Our large disproportion was we were personification dual executive midfielders, Jorge [Hernandez] and Jesus [Molina],” Osorio said. “I consider we tranquil things and had chances yet we weren’t fit in a final third. we consider it’s been a good practice for them in their expansion for Jorge, for Omar [Govea], for Rodolfo. We’re unhappy about what happened yet we consider it was a diversion played opposite a unequivocally good opponent. In a end, a disproportion was a passed ball, a penalty. we do consider we have to urge many improved and we can’t give an competition of this turn a chastisement like that.”
They also need to make certain their gifted enemy have a possibility to uncover that talent. Lozano and Vela can emanate chances, and we know Chicharito can finish, yet they need a round during their feet to be means to do what they do best.
Going to devise B?
Perhaps mislaid in a second section about Burrito Hernandez not being adult to tinge was a fact that it was Osorio who put him in that position. The coach’s palm was forced by injuries for many of his substitutions, yet his initial plan, a 3-4-3 with a solid midfield, did not work.
The organisation was some-more gentle in a 4-3-3 that it has played in many times, that you’d expect. The accessible did yield a final possibility for Osorio to tweak and try something out he’s never finished before, yet now it’s time to stop with experiments. This one didn’t work. The three-man behind line with a obscure midfield (I’ve seen it called a 3-2-3-2, yet that doesn’t seem utterly right), did opposite Iceland. Now he knows, yet there are questions to be asked about either Mexico was best served regulating this tune-up in that way.
“t would’ve been unequivocally good to have everyone, yet we consider maybe those they were missing, Modric, Mandzukic and a other players would’ve given us a possibility and them as good to put a best probable organisation out,” he said. “Understanding and respecting and meaningful they still had Kovacic and Rakitic and had players with a high level, a preference was to give a possibility to 3 immature players who are unequivocally critical for a benefaction and destiny of Mexican soccer, I’m articulate about Omar, Rodolfo, and Jorge.”
Injuries are going to happen, yet Mexico is in control of a character of play and what it tries to do. El Tri going with a informed lineup from a commencement might’ve avoided a defeat. Osorio’s devise didn’t work, and a time for perplexing out new things contingency come to an end.
Mexico now takes a two-month mangle from playing. There will be lots for Osorio and his coaching staff to analyze. They’ll wait word on how harmed players are recovering, demeanour during intensity replacements and continue scouting a organisation opponents.
Sometimes coaches contend there are no dignified victories. Tuesday was a dignified defeat. El Tri suspicion they would kick a Croatia side that didn’t have some of a best players. They didn’t. El Tri suspicion they would leave Texas feeling improved about their chances in a World Cup than they did going in after violence dual World Cup-bound teams. They didn’t.
Worst of all, there now are questions about if Mexico will have a best players during a tournament. This happens all a time, yet Osorio pronounced it’s opposite when it’s function to you.
“It’s unequivocally unfortunate. The guys in a locker room are unequivocally hurt, unequivocally unhappy since we mostly see it function from distant and we consider it happens to other inhabitant teams. When we have to live it in a strength we consider it’s devastating. It’s unequivocally sad,” he said.
Imanol Ibarrondo, a Spanish manager who works with Mexican players on their genius and psychology, might play a large partial in removing Mexico behind into a mindset it will have to be in to have a successful World Cup. Tuesday was a disappointment, yet Mexico can overcome it with a right attitude.