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Possession > Goals

July 12, 2015

Mexico 0 - 0 Guatemala

Strong tie today. Great tie, actually.

Yes, Mexico could not score against the scrappy Guatemalans, but that's ok. There's more to soccer than scoring. Think holistically here. Mexico's objective is to win the Gold Cup. And winning this game would not be the deciding factor.

What is important are these outcomes:

1. No more injuries. Mexico cannot afford any stars or role players to get injured any more. A coach told me the best players don't get injured. It's near impossible to always be healthy, but a healthy team wins championships.

2. The legendary Xavi Hernandez once said possession is more important than scoring. Sounds crazy, but it does apply. El Piojo switched it up, he had a heavy defense with two CDMs and had the winger's control the ball. Not the sexiest formation and style, but it prevents the opponent from counter attacking which is one of Mexico's weakest traits. Mexico dominated possession and the tempo of the game improving their touch and chemistry which will be essential for the later rounds.

3. The thirst is strong. Mexico wanted to score, wanted to play, wanted to attack and pressure. Guatemala was holding on for dear life and were constantly frustrated sliding wildly. Mexico showed off their ability and had plenty to spare, example Gio dos Santos coming off the bench. Mexico's magic will be spent on more important games and the team will click.

Guatemala parked the bus and had 11 players on their field for most of the game. Thank you El Tri for going for gold.

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