Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa will finally be able to play his much coveted World Cup game.After having spent the 2006 and 2010 World Cups watching from the bench as Osvaldo Sanchez and Oscar Perez started for Mexico, reports are coming out from the Mexican camp that coach Miguel Herrera has chosen the AC Ajaccio keeper to start against Cameroon. And barring any unfortunate injuries or performances, Ochoa will be starting throughout the whole tournament ahead of Cruz Azul goalkeeper Jesus Corona.
What does this mean for the Mexican national team and its fans? It’s simple. When the opponents have the ball on the attacking end, Mexico will have the comfort of having one of the best goalkeepers in the world. And based on the group that Mexico has been drawn into, they’ll need all the comfort and confidence they can get. While Brazil‘s attack depends heavily on Neymar, no one can deny their firepower. Croatia‘s Mario Mandzukic and Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o will also give the Mexican defense much to worry about.
Guillermo Ochoa will be hungry to prove to Mexico, and the world, that he’s more than deserving to start for the Mexican national team. His form at Ajaccio has been excellent for the last couple of seasons, denying the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani and Radamel Falcao. Oddly enough, he never received the respect he deserves from Mexico. For years now, he’s been the back-up to Jesus Corona, but Miguel Herrera seems to have finally gained enough confidence in Ochoa to start him.
If Mexico wants to be able to go through their group stage, they won’t be able to afford sending a quality goalkeeper like Ochoa to the bench again. His place in the starting-11 gives Mexican fans a semblance of hope that coach Herrera does indeed know what he’s doing. Don’t be surprised to see Ochoa become one of Mexico’s stand-out players, as his quick reflexes, long arms and uncanny athleticism will give opposing strikers a difficult time.