Ochoa lauds Mexico rearguard

The goalkeeper has won rave reviews for his performances in the tournament so far, but opted to share the praise with his team-mates ahead of a big game against the Oranje
Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa has hailed his side's defence as they prepare for their last-16 World Cup clash with the Netherlands.

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The Group A runners-up tackle the Dutch in Fortaleza on Sunday, with Louis van Gaal's men bang in-form after scoring 10 goals in three group wins.

El Tri only netted four times as they picked up seven points, but had not been beaten at the back for the opening 266 minutes of the tournament before Croatia's Ivan Perisic scored a consolation goal in their final group game.

And up against a potent Dutch attack featuring Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder, Ochoa said his defence must continue to be compact.
"I think the defensive line has been shown to be key," said Ochoa.

"In such a short tournament it is so important and essential to help you earn points, and to make a difference we must continue on a single line.

"The team has seen and has been playing well, has grown and hopefully in the next game will continue to grow."

Ochoa admitted that he fears the star-studded Dutch, but also warned the 2010 finalists to not be complacent against his side.

"It's a tough opponent, it will not be easy, we will give a good fight in all sectors and have to be very attentive and focused," he added.

"We've seen in the games they've played that they have players that can make a lot of difference.

"They are versatile, strong, but we also play, we have our strengths and we have been following them. They will have to deal with us."