Whereas defeating each South Korea and Japan (third and 1st highest FIFA ranked nations in Asia, respectively) was no simple activity, it wasn’t a ground-breaking achievement both. Mexico understood the right way to play each video games, and have been capable of assert themselves when it mattered most, and one might say they ended up successful each matches slightly simply, as they have been by no means really examined, not less than not in the best way they have been final month when matching up with Netherlands and Algeria.
Tata Martino’s squad got here into final Saturday’s match within the 11th total FIFA world rating, behind the world’s apparent finest groups, however surprisingly in entrance of nations corresponding to Italy, Germany, and one among their latest victims, the Netherlands, who I nonetheless imagine would have finished a greater job had their pleasant match been an official one. And I can also’t affirm that Mexico is certainly rightfully forward of neither the Italians or the Germans who’ve maintained a sure high quality and degree of soccer all through the years that Mexico haven’t been capable of present even as soon as in a World Cup.
It’s no secret that successful a pleasant match doesn’t contain the identical degree of depth of problem than successful an official one does, corresponding to a World Cup match. The truth that a number of the European nations who’ve confirmed their price time and time once more proceed to sq. off on this planet’s hardest soccer zones (Europe and South America), and are all the time within the title dialog, have in some way taken a backseat to Mexico is solely past me.
Yesterday, Spanish journalist Alexis Martín-Tamayo revealed the up to date prime 80 FIFA world rankings that are set to be launched on November 26. Due to their two pleasant match victories, Mexico have jumped two spots and can now be ranked 9th on this planet. That’s proper, NINTH. Whereas it’s certainly nice information that the Mexican NT is being observed and is exhibiting top-quality type, I additionally am a agency believer of really incomes these sorts of deserves.
The 2 groups that Mexico moved forward of are Colombia and Croatia. On the one hand, Colombia confronted a fellow top-10 workforce in Uruguay which they misplaced on Friday by 3-0, adopted by an unpleasant 6-1 thrashing to the palms of Ecuador on Tuesday. Each matches have been 2022 WC CONMEBOL Qualifiers. The Croatians, however, performed three matches. The primary was a pleasant vs. a feisty Turkey NT, the place the match ended 3-3. Their two ensuing matches have been a part of the UEFA Nations League A schedule, the place they fell to each Sweden and Portugal by a one aim distinction.
Now, for those who ask me, these are a lot harder matchups than going through South Korea and Japan in pleasant, non-pressure video games. And whereas I imply no disrespect in Mexico’s victories, it’s not the identical when video games imply one thing. I can inform you it isn’t sufficient for a rustic to maneuver previous one other who has performed a lot harder matches in an precise competitors. And let’s not overlook, Mexico nonetheless stays above Italy (who gained all three of its matches), Germany, and the Netherlands.
Mexico have found an incredible attacking trio in Jiménez, Corona, and Lozano, however have but to show themselves on the most important of phases. The midfield seems of high quality with the arrival of Romo and Pineda. Nevertheless, the protection continues to concern me in methods it hasn’t earlier than. The lack of Moreno, Salcedo, Gallardo, and firm to stay with their man in a easy cross and as an alternative depart rivals wide-open twice in the identical sport, after they confirmed the identical weak point of their two friendlies only a month prior actually bothers me. This extraordinarily weak protection will stand no likelihood when going through the stronger, offensively sound nations. If there’s any optimistic on that aspect of the pitch, it’s that not less than Memo Ochoa nonetheless stands between the three posts.
Unproven gamers on the very best of phases and an extremley weak protection can by no means be deserving of a 9th world-ranked total squad. By no means am I attempting to say they’ll’t someday obtain that, or perhaps they have already got, however they merely can’t be thrown into that sort of combine after they haven’t even gotten previous the World Cup Spherical of 16 over the previous three a long time. FIFA Rankings can say all they need, and whereas I do imagine Mexico are a top-20, presumably top-15 nation, they’re by no means, form, or type a top-10 squad, particularly when positioned forward of Italy, Germany, and Netherlands. Till they show it on greater phases than pleasant matches, there merely isn’t any fact or coherence to it.