Mexico star Javier Hernandez

FIFA World Cup preview: Mexico

Mexico has a formidable team on paper, but has El Tri hit poor form at the wrong time?

Heading into the FIFA World Cup in Russia the Mexicans have managed a scoreless draw against Wales and an uninspiring win over Scotland.

Neither of those teams made the finals, which has some alarm bells ringing for Mexico.

Veteran midfielder Andres Guardado has battled injury in the leadup and his role in Russia remains to be seen.

A tough group awaits as well, with Germany, South Korea and Sweden standing in front of Mexico.

While there are some serious question marks, Mexico does have the roster to overcome these challenges.

The draw for Mexico

Germany, June 18

South Korea, June 24

Sweden, June 28

The star player

Javier Hernandez and Hirving Lozano are Mexico's main strike weapons up front.

But are their heads in the right place? After limping past Scotland the Mexican squad reportedly had a huge party.

That was allegedly for Hernandez's birthday, complete with rumours that escorts were invited along for the ride. Since then, Hernandez has vehemently denied the presence of escorts or that there was a cultural issue.

But if star players are having late night ragers in the lead up to the World Cup, there could be problems. 

What needs to go right

A lot. Mexico has been cornered by media, hampered by injury and rattled by poor form.

There are high expectations on this roster to do well in Russia, but escaping their group might not even eventuate. And manager Juan Carlos Osorio has plenty of work to do to get this roster singing from the same choir sheet.

If Osorio can achieve that goal, Mexico will be a real threat. But if they keep tracking the way they are, disaster awaits.

About the Author Josh Alston

Josh Alston is a hack with over 12 years industry experience, covering sport across all codes for newspapers and online agencies. Known to frequent grade matches because of their cheap tinnies. Eventually graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism and a Masters in sitting on the hill when the local cricket side was playing. Softball premiership winner, rugby league legend in Year 10 and no stranger to Doomben Racecourse.

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