The Apertura 2014 will be the first season in Mexican football history in which the Mexican coach who managed in the summer World Cup will continue with his post.
The new season represents a lifesaver for clubs that are on the brink from total doom like Chivas, which did not even provide a single player to last summer's World Cup, something hard to explain considering Chivas is the only club with Mexican born players.
During this new season, it will be inevitable to ignore what happened in Brazil for a Mexico National Team that arrived in South America, generating doubts because of the whys and hows of the miraculous turn of events that allowed it to be in Brazil.
After the group stage, the optimism was sky high, so much that it was not questionable to say that this summer was going to be it, and that all of those ghosts that caused El Tri to always be eliminated in the Round of 16 were going to be put in a trash bin. But, it did not turn out to be that way.
Mexico manager Miguel “Piojo” Herrera not only won the admiration from the English football fans, who came up with the idea of creating a website asking for the former Club America coach to be the next England national team coach, but he also won respect from the locals, from the people that make Mexican football one of the most exciting football leagues in the Americas.
The message that Herrera transmitted to his players was felt, and the idea that “if this team had had more time together, maybe it would have been different,” is a sound affirmation because, indeed maybe if Herrera had spent more time coaching Giovani dos Santos, he would have realized that leaving him on the pitch was the wiser choice, knowing how much he tends to elevate his game, minutes after scoring an intrepid goal that came out like a rabbit out of a hat.
Maybe if there had been more time, the bad luck Hector Moreno injury would had been handled differently because Diego Reyes rarely covers area on the left side of the pitch, but there was no choice but to go with him because Mexico's big, gratifying, World Cup surprise, Jose Juan “Gallito” Vázquez, was not available and Carlos Salcido had to cover his place.
Herrera transmitted serenity when analysts and fans did not even feel that the team would be able make it out of the first stage of the big event.
In the Apertura 2014, the players should face the season knowing what the Mexico national team coach wants. From now until Russia 2018, the players should understand how the national team plays and know that they will receive a call-up only if they maintain a top-level form.