The Mexican Nt has been a different animal in recent generations. In previous generations, fear was not a problem...talent and experience was the problem. The 1994 World Cup squad may have lacked talent, but they were not afraid. The same goes for the 1998 squad, etc., all the way through generations of guys like Hugo Sánchez, L Hernandez, Suarez, Hermosillo, Borgetti, Torrado, Palencia, Ramón Ramirez, and of course Blanco and Aspe. They were not afraid. They may have been limited, but they were in matches to win them, no matter who they played. Today's Mexico National Team just can't seem to figure out how not to be afraid of teams who play to win. The masculine culture of Mexican soccer seems to have been replaced by an "everyone is better than us" mentality. It's the same mentality that you see where fans are essentially begging to cap dual nationals and to chase after people. There's no confidence in what is here, no appreciation of Mexixan culture and contributions, and no belief in our own people. When Argentina plays, they play with national pride. They play for their people. They play to humiliate the Mexicans. How does the current Mexican National Team respond? By not digging in, by allowing themselves to be pushed around, and by allowing a less-talented team to dictate physicality on the field. Yes, the Mexican Team is MORE TALENTED than that Argentina squad. On paper, Mexixoshould be piling up cuatro a Cero's. The difference is in the minds of the players. Argentina believes, the Mexican doesn't. Argentina wants the battle, the Mexican doesn't. Argentina wants to win no matter what, the Mexican wants to win only when its easy. There is a big youth element to that lack of belief. However, there should also be a bit of excessive belief by some of these young players. I just don't see it. Personally, I think it's a cultural thing. Mexican players grow up hearing about how awful Mexico is and how much better everyone else is. Argentinian players grow up knowing exactly who they are and what is expected of them in the national team...they're expected to be a source of pride for the nation. Mexican players are just trying not to get caught up in sociopolitical drama. Do they even have an idea of who they represent and why they represent them? Do they have a sense of pride for the fight? Do they have the sense of pride that led Chicharito to continually challenge himself in his career and to execute and get results with the national team? Do they have the pride that Ochoa exhibited against Brazil, Germany and so many others when he did what it took to preserve results and intimidate those who tried to intimidate him? Where is the pride that overshadows reticence? Where is the belief that overshadows fear? Has the Mexican Team lost its masculinity?