KOLKATA: CONCACAF U-17 champions Mexico will look to shift gears when they meet England in an FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 Group F fixture at Kolkata on Wednesday.
Mexico dominated possession in their opening encounter against Iraq but had to settle for a draw. Iraq held a first-half lead through Mohammed Dawood, before Mexico fought back to make it 1-1 thanks to a second half strike from Roberto De La Rosa.
For Mexico, who came into the game as one of the tournament favourites, the draw will have been a stinging blow.
Mexico head coach Mario Artega was critical of his side display and called on his side to produce a performance worthy of title contenders as the North Americans aim to collect their first victory.
The El Tricolor boss described their performance against Iraq as a mere copy of their true potential but believes his team reacts well to being put under pressure.
“It was not a perfect start from us. There is plenty of room for improvement but I am happy with the strong mentality of my players. We will take it positively. We just continue taking it game by game” said Artega.
The 46-year-old admitted that his side has to keep their heads up and stay focused to try and win all their remaining games.
During the first match against Iraq, Jairo Torres and company struggled to create many opportunities though the Club Atlas winger was perhaps their most impressive performer on Sunday.
However, the likes of Daniel Lopez, Diego Lainez and Alexis Gutierrez rarely tested an organised but unexceptional Iraq defense as Artega’s team will need to show more endeavor and endurance against an England team which managed to impress in all corners during their 4-0 win over Chile the same day.