Why Mexico will win an Olympic medal
Although Mexico lost 1-0 to Spain on Wednesday in its second Olympic tuneup, El Tri should be heartened that they competed well against such a top team in their home country. That Mexico has performed ably against two European teams so far in two friendlies should satisfy fans, who anxiously await the start of the Olympics.
Undoubtedly, medaling at the Olympics would further boost Mexico's international reputation, one solidified by both senior and junior team showings in recent tournaments, and would send a burst of confidence as El Tri builds toward World Cup 2014. A strong Olympic tournament could not only bring hardware, but it would be a symbolic victory, as well. It could be the moment where Mexico makes the leap from a strong North American team to a feared international foe.
Mexico has the talent to succeed in London, but do they have the mettle to medal?
As part of our continuing Olympic preview, we provide the counterpoint to Tuesday's five reasons Mexico won't medal in London.
Today we present the top five reasons Mexico will be on the podium:
A potent offense
Mexico carries a potent offensive team into the Olympics and should be able to score enough to compete with most teams. In the Olympic qualifying tournament, Mexico scored 16 goals in five matches en route to the tournament title. Against better competition, Mexico scored 14 goals in just five games in the Toulon tournament in France.
A starting front line of Marco Fabian, Oribe Peralta, Javier Aquino and Giovani Dos Santos is certainly formidable. Although Mexico manager Luis Fernando Tena isn't the most dynamic tactical manager, he has several versatile players who would allow him to stray from the usual 4-2-3-1 formation. Mexico could easily sport a 4-3-3 and not worry about whether the players could adapt.
Scoring should not be a problem in London.