[OLYMPIC GOLD-MEDAL GAME] If you believe Mexico coach Luis Fernando Tena, his Tri has no chance of winning Saturday's
gold-medal game against Brazil (TV: NBC Sports Network, Telemundo, 10 a.m. ET).
"They have a [solid] player in each position, I wouldn't even try to point out a weak point," Tena said.
"We have to play a great game, almost perfect, if we want to win. It's very important to try to impose our game."
All you need to do is look down the Brazil bench to see what Mexico is up
"Neymar does worry us, but the rest of the team, too," Tena said. "Brazil is a very strong team. If you look at the squad, you see they
have players with great quality everywhere. They have the luxury of having Ganso and [Alexandre] Pato on the bench --
from there you know what level they have."
This is the third time Mexico and Brazil have met for a world title, and Mexico has come out on top both times -- at the 1999 Confederations Cup
and 2005 Under-17 World Cup.
Giovani dos Santos, one of the stars of that team, is with Mexico at the Olympics, but he is injured and was ruled out
of the final with a muscle injury.
"It's a shame that Giovani, who is a great player with a great attitude, can't play," Tena said. "It's very painful for him and sensitive for the team,
but at the same time this team has shown that it's very mentally strong and can overcome many adversities."
Giovani led Mexico with three goals and two assists before departing at
halftime of the 3-1 win over Japan in the semifinals.
His departure will mean that 28-year-old Oribe Peralta and Chivas star Marco Fabian will lead the Tri attack.
American-born Miguel Ponce is one of the choices Tena has to replace
"There are other good options as well, like [Javier] Cortes, [Raul] Jimenez and [Hector] Herrera," said Tena. "We have four options."