It is said that soccer players, and more so those of the Mexican National Team, need self-criticism. This is not the case of Francisco Guillermo Ochoa Magaña. Nothing to say “we will be world champions”. Nothing to use phrases like “let’s think about Chinese things…”.
The goalkeeper of América, who is in his fifth World Cup (third playing), asks to put his feet on the ground and, although he is one of the few players who can fly, he points out: “Let’s be aware, we are not favorites in the group, nor in the World Cup”, just two months after his debut, against Poland.
Mexico shares sector C with Argentina, a candidate to fight for the world title, Poland, which currently has the best striker, and Saudi Arabia, which will play at home due to its proximity to Qatar. “How did we get to the World Cup? Very simple: without seeing each other more than we are today, ”says the goalkeeper.
Ochoa describes the moment of the Tricolor as follows: “We are a National Team that has always been dealt difficult groups and now Mexico has to be the surprise”. And he points out: “We are not favourites, neither in the group nor in the World Cup. Mexico has to ring the bell and be the black horse. Let’s fight, yes. You have to have that clarity that we are a National Team that has historically reached the next phases and, once we are there, try to give the bell and get excited, but that is going step by step ”, the keeper said.
Today, the Mexican National Team must concentrate on preparing the best it can. “Having a little time doesn’t always help. It is a period that is not easy, because colleagues come from Europe, they come nine hours apart, and sometimes you need an hour a day to recover, because everything changes with sleep, food, ”he emphasizes.
Obstacles that must be overcome to mutate into a combined protagonist; Of course, without escaping from reality.
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