Mexico’s 2-2 draw with Portugal was an entertaining affair, and in many ways, it was a smart, resilient performance against the European champions. It was a great example on how El Tri not only performs against quality opposition but also how the team’s mental attitude has vastly improved since last year’s Centenario. Mexico had to come back twice against Ronaldo and co. and a result like this will surely strengthen Osorio’s belief that his team has learned many lessons since last year.
After the match, the Colombian was pleased with the performance, stating that perhaps they even deserved to win. “I feel like we deserved more,” he said after the match. “We almost had 60% possession against the European champions.”
While control was clearly something to talk about, it’s not to say that there isn’t a lot to ponder, and if Mexico wishes to go far in this tournament, and even more importantly for next summer, there are still certain places in which they have to improve.
Here are three takeaways from Sunday.
Mexico’s biggest offensive strength is controlling the final-third, as they intoxicate the opposition with their three forwards and a loaded midfield. But the issue is not entering the opposite half, but what to do afterwards. Juan Carlos Osorio needs to figure out…