Mexico’s Journey To Qatar A Rocky Road


- Grant Whittington

Even though Mexico managed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the national team continues to face many challenges – and perhaps more than most other qualifying teams.

After they finished second on the points table in Concacaf, they had their fair share of difficulties, with perhaps the most prominent of these calls to fire head coach Tata Martino. The team struggled mightily with a lack of scoring and disappointed during their games against Canada and the United States.

Mexico’s El Tri is used to dominating matches. This is now making it even more of a challenge to accept that other teams are massively improving.

Moreno Weighs In On Hardships  

Mexican international Hector Moreno recently commented on the many difficulties facing the team right now during an interview with a prominent sports broadcaster.

Moreno said that the media, in particular, can be tough to deal with, and especially so when fans on social media begin to weigh in on the personal lives of players and their families.

According to the player, the Mexican media is known for putting undue pressure on the team, and that while this comes part and parcel with playing for the national side, facing personal criticism can be very hard to deal with.

Something else niggling the team right now is the dropping from the team of Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez. At the time of Chicharito’s dropping, he was struggling for time on the field with Sevilla. But everything changed drastically for the striker when he broke into 2021 scoring 17 goals and assisting 3 more.

It certainly appears as if the door is wide open for Chicharito making a return to the national side.

Mexico Can’t Be Picky Right Now  

According to Moreno, Mexico certainly doesn’t have the “luxury” of leaving someone like Chicharito out of the World Cup mix. He said while he’s not sure whether the striker is good enough to be a starter, he certainly should form part of the 26 players heading to the global event.

With leading scorer Raul Jimenez out of action following a skull fracture, Moreno is on the money about including someone like Chicharito as a backup for scoring.

Another player who has caught the eye of Moreno is the 18-year-old midfielder Marcelo Flores. While the Arsenal-trained youngster is also eligible to play for Canada, he has been climbing through the Mexican ranks leading up to his debut against Chile in 2021.

With enough minutes during nations league play, Flores could very well also be making his way to Qatar alongside El Tri.

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