Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa says he’s trying ahead to the problem of going through “magic” Lionel Messi and attempting to stun Argentina.
- Albiceleste misplaced their first sport to Saudi Arabia
- El Tri took a degree from stalemate with Poland
- Loads driving on subsequent fixtures in Group C
WHAT HAPPENED? The Albiceleste suffered a shock defeat to Saudi Arabia of their opening sport on the 2022 World Cup, that means that their subsequent Group C outing on Saturday has taken on better significance. Messi has already been among the many objectives in Qatar, and desires to supply additional inspiration for his nation, however veteran shot-stopper Ochoa can be amongst these blocking his path when Mexico search to nudge the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner in direction of a shocking early exit at what could possibly be his final main finals.
WHAT THEY SAID: Ochoa, who’s collaborating in his fifth World Cup, has stated of going through an all-time nice and a group tipped by many to problem for final glory within the Center East: “We’re able to compete and arise. Messi has that magic, he can do nothing and from one minute to the following he can remedy issues and rating a purpose. It should be a pleasant problem. It should be very difficult, however what higher stage than a World Cup in opposition to the most effective gamers on this planet and historical past, Messi, if not one of the best. I do not just like the, ‘hey, I do not wish to play in opposition to such and such as a result of it is too tough’. Quite the opposite, I wish to play in opposition to them in a World Cup. I wish to play a very good sport and beat them.”
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Whereas Argentina got here unstuck of their first sport in Qatar, Mexico battled their approach to a degree in a goalless draw with Poland – as Ochoa saved a penalty from Barcelona striker Robert Lewandowski.
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WHAT NEXT? An intriguing group continues to be vast open heading into matchday two, however Messi and co. know they can not afford any extra errors if they’re to start out constructing momentum and edge their approach into the final 16.