Germany, Korea and Sweden, the walls to be torn down to the fifth game
MEXICO CITY – “The Germans win on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and also on weekends, which they already did”, summarizes Jorge Valdano when referring to the first rival of Mexico in Russia 2018.
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The score of the countdown to the World Cup indicates 100 days, and while in the environment of the National Team there are many doubts about the work of coach Juan Carlos Osorio and his famous rotations, in Germany there are only certainties.
Today, Germany is World Champion, European U21 monarch, Olympic Subchampion and Confederations Cup Champion. With a perfect soccer model, this selection shows the planet how to compete.
The respect for the ball, the maximum competition and the fair play that the Germans have forced them to applaud them standing up. They do not understand about tricks or making time, they are faithful to a project in which those who play are played in the same way.
The Teutons are scheduled to present their preliminary list on May 15. Joachim Löw will announce the provisional call, which will have the players who will be the rivals of the Tricolor.
After giving 35 names, in later days comes a cut and this will be formed the template of 23 players. That last selection must be submitted before June 4, which is the deadline.
If there is a concern in Low’s mind, he will define at the time if the historic goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who is only about to reappear after a long injury that had him inactive, will start in Russia, or opts for Marc-André Ter Stegen, who lives a great moment with Barcelona.
SWEDEN, ZLATAN YES OR NO?
In the orderly and surprising Sweden, which is given as the greatest merit to have qualified to the World Cup over Italy, there is a big question that has to do with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The ‘Giant of Malmo’ is withdrawn from his team, but after obtaining the ticket to Russia, the player still Manchester United is rethinking to defend the colors of his country, although the decision is not only yours.
Coach Janne Andersson, who took over after Euro 2016, has given few clues when asked if he would call Ibrahimovic.
For his part, Zlatan seems to have it clearer: “The door is not closed for nothing. But first I have to play, we can not start focusing on the national team when I’m not playing. But I feel alive when all this talk is already going on, so that’s fine, “he said recently.
In the paper, Sweden will be the rival with which Mexico will dispute its passage to the Eighth Finals, with the understanding that both could beat Korea and lose with Germany.
It is a selection without great figures, which prioritizes above all the order, and which has some players in the best leagues in the world. The level with the Aztec squadron can be seen extremely even if they both touch the limit of their potential.
KOREA: THE ‘UGLY PATIO’
On paper, the Republic of Korea is the weakest rival of the Mexico group; however, it is not about any flan. It is the most successful team in Asia to qualify for the ninth consecutive occasion to a World Cup and for the third time will rival the Tricolor in a fair of this magnitude.
The tactical order, speed and skill of its players are the main letters of presentation of this squad that has international players like KooJacheol, who plays in Augsburg, Son Heungmin, of Tottenham, and Kisung-Yeung, of Swansea City.
Korea will be the second rival of Mexico, which hypothetically would come without units to this confrontation, considering that the chances of falling to Germany World Champion are high.
For that reason the duel acquires great relevance, since it will be vital that the Tricolor adds the three points to play the whole for the whole in the third match against Sweden.
THERE WILL NOT BE A FIFTH MATCH
In an interview with ESPN Digital, the ex-mundialista and now analyst, Luis García, predicted that the Aztec National Team will re-qualify for the Octavos de Final, but will not break the barrier of the fourth game.
“Mexico will debut before the maximum candidate to repeat as World Champion; the ball has to roll and can sting anywhere, but Germany is much better than Mexico; Mexico is much better than Korea, and Mexico is very similar to Sweden; then I think Mexico will end up going to the next round in a very brave match that will have to settle with Sweden, but I see very difficult in a game to kill or die can beat Brazil in the Octaves. “