El Tri have struggled for form in 2013 and displeasure with the team's performances and results is increasing ahead of the crunch Confederations Cup matchBy Tom Marshall | Mexico expert
Mexico coach Jose Manuel 'Chepo' de la Torre needs a positive result or performance against Brazil on Wednesday as pressure on his position mounts following just one win in 10 games in 2013.
El Tri sit in third place in World Cup qualifying in the weak Concacaf region, having played one more game than every other team expect Jamaica, the only side whom they have beat this year, having recorded disappointing draws against Honduras, Panama, the United States and Costa Rica.
De la Torre’s side were expected to stroll to Brazil 2014, but they have been stifled and shown little spark in breaking down packed defences, scoring just four goals in seven competitive games this year.
In Sunday’s Confederations Cup opener against Italy, Mexico failed to turn around their poor recent form in a competition that was seen as a welcome change to the stresses of qualifying and an opportunity for Chepo to prove that he was capable of mixing with the best.
The poor run also comes at a time when Mexican football has been riding on the wave of youth success, with fans expectant after Olympic gold in London last summer and two Under-17 World Cup wins since 2005.
But Chepo has been reluctant to promote the younger generation, preferring tried and tested veterans like Gerardo Torrado, Carlos Salcido and Francisco Rodriguez to Olympic heroes such as Hector Herrera, Hiram Mier and Diego Reyes.
A heavy loss against Brazil could persuade the Mexican football federation (FMF) that a change cannot wait, with fans increasingly frustrated at both Mexico’s results and style of play.