Historically speaking Mexico has never won any medal in the Olympics and yet this Mexico side has made it to the gold medal match is a considerable accomplishment. Brazil has won at every competition that their men have ever participated in, U-17 World Cup, U-20 World Cup, Confederations Cup, World Cup but not an Olympic gold medal.
That plays mind game of extreme size on players on both sides though it’s who thrives the most and is hungrier that will come out on top in this. Let’s look at the teams.
Out of CONCACAF, a region that is always underestimated in terms of talent and competition strength, is Mexico. For the first time at all levels they are thriving and meeting their lofty standards as a football nation. They like to play to their strength of technical skill and until now every opponent they have had so far.
From South America comes Brazil looking to get the Olympic monkey off their back. This is the chance for the young blood of Brazil to make their marks at making 2014 since their only competitive fixtures coming up are next summer’s
Confederations Cup. This side is chalked full of talent and in their games played have shown so in outscoring
their opposition by a score of 15-5.
It would seem that Brazil now hold the advantage. With players like Hulk, Neymar, Leonardo Damiao, and Alexandre Pato it is hard to go wrong there. Mexico has huge talent in the attacking third and had figured out on a system that worked, until Giovani Dos Santos got injured. With the Mexican star injured the chemistry that had developed up top for Mexico with Oribe Peralta is gone.
Out of the midfield is where this is won by the Mexican side by the narrowest of margins. Yes the play of Brazil has been fun to watch, particularly that of Oscar, but it is the midfield that has been the best for Mexico. Marco Fabian has been exactly what was anticipated, a revelation. He was been able to be a linchpin that has kept the Mexican side progressing all the way to the gold medal match.
It is a deadlock with pluses on both sides. Mexico went with an experienced hand in goal so they called in Jose de Jesus Corona to take the gloves. Brazil has a solid back line that can do more than just
defend, they can add to the attack.
Thing is this game is determined out on the field and it will be who wants to hear their national anthem played as they see their flag raised above Wembley.<
That team will be Mexico and will serve as a signal that the West is where the football is best.<