A look at Mexico’s rivals in Group F of the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Mexico has a clear objective heading into this 2018 World Cup, which is to reach the quarterfinal stage of the competition also known as the elusive “quinto partido”. However, given recent results along with a plethora of off the field issues, this seems like a very tough task for El Tri. The Aztec side is coming off an uninspiring 2-0 loss to Denmark and many fans and critics are now questioning whether this team will get past the group stage. Mexico will be in a very contested Group F of the tournament and here is a look at what El Tri has in store in that group.
Germany is not just one of the favorites to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Die Mannschaft are the favorites among the 32 nations to take the glory in Russia. The central European side is the current champions of the competition and will be looking for their fifth title. Germany has one of the most complete rosters in the tournament and has a plethora of talent and depth in each position. Joachim Löw had the luxury to leave out a player like Leroy Sane that would be the best player on several other teams in the tournament.
The defense is one of the strongest components of the team with players like Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and Manuel Neuer in between the sticks. Germany’s midfield has wizards like Toni Kroos and Mesut Ozil and physical players like Sami Khedira and Leon Goretzka. Finally, the attack has some very exciting and quick players like Marco Reus and young striker Timo Werner along with the experience of Mario Gomez and Thomas Muller. Germany should be able to defeat Mexico to start off the World Cup and should be one of the teams that at least makes it to the semifinal stage.
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The Blue-Yellow should also be considered a threat to Mexico in this group given their road to this World Cup. Sweden managed to take out Italy in a playoff match to reach this competition and also finished second in Group A just behind France. The Nordic side inclusively defeated France 2-1 in the group stage of the qualifiers and should not be taken lightly at all. Sweden will not count with it superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but still has a talented squad led by RB Leipzig midfielder Emil Forsberg.
The attacking midfielder had four goals in the UEFA World Cup qualifying stage and is the main playmaker on the team. The Blue-Yellow also count with a very strong and physical side with players like Victor Lindelöf, Andreas Granqvist, Ola Toivonen and Marcus Berg which could trouble a team like Mexico. Sweden will be playing in its 12th World Cup, but its first since 2006 and should be a solid team in this Group F of the competition.
The Taegeuk Warriors have not had the most convincing road to the World Cup having finished second in Group B of the AFC qualifiers with just 15 points. South Korea has also failed to win in its last three friendly matches, recently coming off a 2-0 loss to Senegal. The Asian side does seem like the weak link of Group F, but still has many talented players on its roster. The clear standout on the team is Tottenham Hotspur’s Heung-min Son, who fuels the attack with his speed, technical ability and impressive shot.
Another intriguing player is team captain Ki Sung-Yeung, who also plays in the English Premier League with Swansea City. South Korea also thrive in the physical aspects of the game with strength and speed and are a team that likes to cross the ball with 6-foot-6 striker Kim Shin-Wook inside of the box. The Taegeuk Warriors do not seem like the most imposing threat to Mexico, but could be a team that surprises the critics at this edition of the World Cup.