Vela lacks physical strength

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Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill believes that Carlos Vela lacks physical strength as a footballer and this is the main reason why he did not succeed in the Premier League.

Indeed the Mexican international played for some time in England with Arsenal before making the switch to the Major League Soccer.

The Republic of Ireland manager said that Vela is a technically gifted player just as all Mexican players but he believes that they lack the physical strength that will allow them to succeed in today’s footballing world. He said that this is the main reason that they lost against Brazil as their opponents were stronger physically and were able to dominate the game.

Whilst Mexico were always going to be the underdogs (and with an 12bet affiliate id you could get an odds boost that saw punters being able to get upto 100-1 on Mexico beating Brazil), many pundits were expecting there to be at least a little more of a fight, with the fact that they were so easily despatched by the Brazilians disappointing many of standing around the game.

He believes that Mexico should work on the development of their players to make sure that their players are not only good technically but also physically. He said that Japan also had the same problem in the past and that they have managed to develop players that now can withstand physical pressure.

Martin O’Neill believes that Mexico has had an impressive tournament and he believes that they could have gone further in the tournament if they did not have to face a team such as Brazil. He said that this has been a unique world cup and that there have been so many upsets.

With Republic of Ireland not there this time around, Martin O'Neill was there in a full-time capacity as a pundit for United Kingdom's ITV, alongside Slaven Bilic and Roy Keane. Had his side been present at the Finals, he said he fancied their chances of causing a few upsets - just as the likes of Japan and Sweden had done.

He said that Mexico should not be disappointed with their tournament and that they have had some great results in this World Cup. He believes that the team can become stronger if they find a way to deal with the physical demand of modern football. He said that Mexico has some good technical players and that they are hard to play against when in small space and this is what makes them dangerous and difficult to deal with.