Though Mexico was not lucky enough to go beyond 16 games at the preceding six world cups, everyone is eagerly watching whether it can reach the Quinto Partido this time or not. The critics and fans alike are watching whether they would “break the mental block” to reach at least the last eight. Anyway, the wait is only for another two months to watch the world cup 2018 scheduled during June-July 2018 at Russia.
If the grapevine is to be believed, the excellent performance of Jesus Corona and Guillermo Ochoa would ensure a berth in the squad. Consideration is also of Alfredo Talavera in case if he could come back after recuperating from his surgery. Otherwise, the third spot might see Rodolfo Cota in the Goalkeeping department.
The versatility of different position defending in all likelihood would bring players like Jesus Gallardo and Miguel Layun to take care of the defense and attacking positions. There is a possibility of Carlos Salcedo playing a center back while Diego Reyes is a serious contender for mid-fielding defense. With Nestor Araujo and Hugo Ayala backing the stability of a team, the squad becomes strong. The probability of Rafael Marquez being in doubt in view of the US sanctions, we will have to wait and watch if any relaxation is forthcoming before the summer this year.
In the Forward section, the names likely to find a place include Javier Hernandez, Hirving Lozano, Carlos Vela, Jesus Manuel Corona, Raul Jimenez and Giovani dos Santos.
With more than half the squad representing their Football club in Europe, including Hemandez, Miguel Layun, Hirving Lozano, Raul Jimenez and Hector Herrea, Jesus Corona and Diego Reyes to name a few is a set of solid players who would come to the rescue of a team in crucial times.
It is a morale boost for Mexico with the Olympic gold, Concacaf Confederation Cup besides the under 17-World Cup etc., at their credit to aim for the bigger tournament. They need to concentrate 90 minutes in attacking, defending, and striking the ball at the right time to the right place. Anyway, they cannot forget the crucial goal scored by Hirving Lozano in the 53rd minute against Panama, which straight took them for the qualifier with 1-0.
It might seem to be a daunting task to win over the defending champions, and the talented Sweden team besides the Korean Republic. However, the entire team is trying to turn the tables and seek the World Cup 2018 this year.