Mexico and its two faces in Tokyo 2020

As they say out there: “Not so much that it burns the saint, not so much that it does not illuminate him”, the premature triumphalism for overthrowing France raised the expectations of this team to heaven.

MEXICO – After the brilliant exhibition before France last Thursday, the Mexican team Olympian took a step back when they fell to Japan on the second date of the Group Stage of Tokyo 2020.

In the debut, El Tri took advantage of the Gauls’ defensive slowness on the wings. Vega and Lainez had a feast, opposite scenario to the Japanese, who quickly and stuck like a stamp, totally nullified those led by Jaime Lozano.

On the other hand, Ritsu Doan and Take Kubo were a headache for the Mexican defense, which had its weakest link in César Montes causing the 2-0 penalty just at minute 10.

In the midfield Rodriguez, blunt Y Cordova they ran many times towards their arc and could never contain the opponent’s alluvium, that every time they passed the central circle put fear in the lower zone of ours.

As well as Lozano was recognized for the correct reading of the game with the changes of: Dodgel, Antuna Y Aguirre against France, today he failed, leaving him on the field for more time than expected blunt Y Martin, which as reinforcements have not performed as expected so far.

On the other side of the sidewalk the reinforcements over 23 years: Hiroki sakai (many years in Marseille), Maya Yoshida (Sampdoria) and Wataru endo (Stuttgart) fully fulfilled their role as benchmarks of weight both in defense and in midfield.

As they say out there: “Not so much that it burns the saint, not so much that it does not illuminate him”, the premature triumphalism for overthrowing France raised the expectations of this team to heaven. With this fall, the smoke will go down in the hope of drawing positive conclusions for the last game in the Group Stage.

With the expulsion of Johan Vazquez and Aguirre’s injury, Mr. Lozano will have to modify his 11. It is likely that Loroña will repeat as right lane and Jorge Sánchez on the left, while to replace Vázquez he could delay Romo to the center and give Esquivel entry into containment.

It will be against South Africa next Wednesday, July 28 when Mexico define whether or not to advance to the 4th finals. The Africans arrive with 0 points and with few options to stay alive in the contest.

The rival will leave Group B (Romania, South Korea, Honduras or New Zealand) all with 3 points and with everything to be defined on matchday 3 at midweek.

We will see then what it reaches to this Mexican team, which true to its history, goes from euphoria to uncertainty in no time. Not so good for knocking France down, nor so bad now for falling with Japan, the two faces of Mexico in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.