MOSCOW – Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio has noticed a weak point in Germany’s protection.
The Colombian mentioned Saturday that Germany’s four-man backline leaves itself open to being hit on the counterattack as a result of it performs too excessive up the sphere.
“Any group that tries to play with a again 4 on the midway line is uncovered with 35 meters in behind them and they aren’t an exception,” he mentioned a day earlier than his group takes on Germany in Group F at Luzhniki Stadium.
Nonetheless, that does not imply Mexico will sit deep and attempt to play on the counter, Osorio added.
“I consider 100 p.c in our gamers and I believe that with our midfielders we are able to struggle for ball possession,” he mentioned. “We won’t change the best way we play. We’ve got our model within the Mexican nationwide group, and we will match up their recreation.”
Mexico can go “face to face” with Germany in the midst of the park, Osorio mentioned. He singled out Toni Kroos and Sami Khedira as explicit threats within the Germany lineup, given their potential to distribute the ball.
Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa referred to as on his defenders and midfielders to interrupt up Germany’s rhythm.
“We’ve got to cease their circulate. We won’t allow them to transfer ahead towards the purpose,” he mentioned. “They’re additionally superb at set items.”
One space the place Mexico wants to enhance is scoring objectives after netting simply as soon as in its final 4 friendlies – and that was towards Scotland, which hasn’t certified for the World Cup within the final 20 years.
In response to criticism that Mexico would not rating sufficient, Osorio pointed to his group’s Three-Zero pleasant defeat of Iceland in March, and Argentina’s 1-1 draw with the identical opposition Saturday.
“I actually consider that we have now sufficient expertise to have the ability to rating towards Germany and that is what we hope for tomorrow,” he mentioned. “We scored three objectives towards Iceland, and Argentina solely scored one.”
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