The group stage of the Gold Cup 2021 and although Mexico was not a broad dominator of its group, it ended as a solo leader and without conceding a single goal in the framework of Alfredo Talavera. A tasteless first round, without football and at times even without enthusiasm.
Contrary to what I say Gerardo Martino and the players of the national team themselves, the reality is that no one can say that they are one hundred percent satisfied after the first three games of the tournament. Not for not being able to beat, but because the performance, fluidity and ideas within the field did not end up settling at any time.
Is it to worry? Not at all. This is the historical reality of the Mexican team in the Gold CupAlthough it is also common to thrash some teams, defeating the teams in the area in official competitions is usually difficult.
In the last five Gold Cups that Mexico won, in all of them there was always at least one game in which the team did not convince a sector of amateur analysts or managers. It could have been 3-2 against Martinique in 2019, the tie 4-4 with Trinidad and Tobago in 2015, another 1-1 draw against Panama in 2009 or even 0-0 against Honduras in 2003.
The closed games, without shine or much football in the gold Cup they are a constant for Mexico, even in the editions in which he ended up with the title in his hands, like the previous examples. If you add the real failures in 2017, 2013 and 2007, the hit of reality is clear.
This cup is difficult for the Mexican team, especially when it does not have a full team for other competitions, so this group stage of the Mexican team should not surprise anyone. There was not much intensity, there was no exquisite football, it did not convince or tear its rivals to pieces, but in the end he will end up fighting the title in even winning it as a brand, a trend that for many is already boring.
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