‘Mexico need to hit the ground running to clear group stage’
Hector Moreno, a center-back for Mexico, believes that beating Poland in their opening World Cup match is essential to at least earning four points in the group stage and moving on to the round of 16.
After losing their final warm-up match to Sweden on Wednesday, Mexico, who also face Argentina and Saudi Arabia in Group C, have continued to raise questions in the minds of their supporters. However, the 34-year-old is focused on making things right in Qatar.
Not because Argentina is the best team (in Group C) or Saudi Arabia is the worst, as has been suggested, but simply because it is the first match and earning the first three points of the group stage gives you a chance to advance, Moreno told Mexican broadcaster TUDN ahead of their opening match on Tuesday.
“There have been instances where four points was sufficient to qualify. This game is crucial, let’s hope we can win, and qualifying for the next round would be a huge step in the right direction.”
In addition to having a number of talented players and a striker in Robert Lewandowski who is in excellent form ahead of what may be his final World Cup, Moreno said that Poland will be dangerous.
The defender continued, “They are a very talented opponent; we often only discuss Lewandowski because he is the star player, but they have a very complete team with players who play in big leagues and teams.