Mexico Camp Focus – Tactical questions need answering

As Javier Aguirre leads his side into the second match he is at a crossroad. A win would lift them into the driving seat to progress, but a defeat could signal Mexican elimination from the World Cup. With that in mind, how does Aguirre approach this potentially group-defining clash?

The 4-5-1 approach to Mexico’s opening game could be retained but with further significance placed on victory, the man capped 59 times as a player by El Tri may revert to the counter-attacking 4-4-2 formation that has served him so well, especially against France, a side currently lacking confidence. There is an opportunity to claim a major scalp in international football but that will come as a bonus to three much-needed group points. Aguirre will be hoping his side can recreate their first-half display against South Africa, providing they can convert their chances.

Should Aguirre preserve the system used against Bafana Bafana then we could see an unchanged line-up, unless Andr


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