June 2, 2022 Sports Match
A couple of miserly defensive units get ready to confront each other in a cordial on Thursday at State Farm Stadium in Arizona, as Mexico take on Uruguay.
El Tri have just surrendered once in their past seven experiences in all rivalries, while the previous double cross World Cup champions have three clean sheets in their four matches played for the current year.
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Gerardo Martino and his Mexican team are preparing for their eighth consecutive World Cup appearance later this year, with the goal of progressing past the last 16 for the first time since 1986.
Between now and the end of August, they will play three friendlies and two CONCACAF Nations League games in preparation for their trip to Qatar.
It was no surprise that they made it to the finals, coming second in the Octagon, but the manner in which they did so was rather different from what we’re used to seeing.
In a campaign that was highly criticized, they scored a goal or fewer in 11 of their 14 qualifiers, winning five of their eight matches by a single goal.
That kind of scrutiny comes with being such a big squad in Central America, as analysts criticized Mexico of missing heart, charisma, and passion during the qualification season.
While many still doubt El Tri’s performance, they have yet to lose in 2022. This squad experienced a lot of difficulty entering into this year, following consecutive defeats to the USA (2-0) and Canada (2-1) in qualification.
They won three of their four qualifiers this year courtesy to a goal scored after the 70th minute in each of those triumphs, keeping them in contention for a return to the finals.
Martino’s goal when he took over as manager in 2019 was to improve the mentality of Mexican footballers and lead them to new heights, yet it’s arguable whether he succeeded, as El Tri lost the CONCACAF Nations League and Gold Cup finals against the Americans.
Despite a difficult World Cup qualifying campaign in 2021, in which Uruguay lost four of their five matches, La Celeste managed to turn things around, finishing third in the CONMEBOL table with 28 points.
The good news for Diego Alonso and his side was that they had already completed their difficult qualifiers before the end of last year, losing four matches to Brazil (two) and Argentina (two).
In 2022, they took advantage of the weaker South American teams, winning all four of their qualifiers and going to the finals for the third year in a row.
After overseeing a golden age of talent and leading Uruguay to the 2010 FIFA World Cup Semi-Finals, bringing in Alonso to replace Oscar Tabarez seemed a bold move.
Alonso was recruited in to make the Uruguayans more aggressive, and we’ve seen them come out more determined in his first few months in charge, with 23 shots on target in their final four qualification games this year, scoring eight goals.
We’ve seen them further develop their compelling higher up the field, permitting them to score more goals.
While their strategic changes have been all effective, conceivable getting back to what this crew does best, shielding, turned their capability crusade around.
Uruguay has just conceded one goal this season, with three of its four matches permitting three or less shots on track.
These are two brilliant and compact defensive teams that are well organized and difficult to break down, but we believe Uruguay will have a modest advantage in a number of areas, including experience and individual quality, as well as having faced far more competition than El Tri.
These considerations, as well as the fact that the game will be played in a neutral venue rather than the Estadio Azteca, should favor La Celeste.