Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa woke up this morning as one of the hottest free agents in football after a game in which Brazil striker Fred credited him with four ‘miracles’.
Having parted company with Ajaccio after their rock-bottom and relegated Ligue 1 campaign, it was just the kind of sorcery that has reportedly fostered interest in his services from Arsenal and Liverpool, if the Daily Express is to be trusted.
Ochoa himself has described his performance against the Selecao as the finest of his life, but, far from willing to take his euphoric ramblings as gospel, news.bwin.com/en/ cast an eye over his performances last term to see if it was all that out of character.
Against Brazil Ochoa pulled off five saves, one punch and claimed one loose ball, finding the mark with 48 per cent of his passes.
Conversely the Mexican had plenty of work this term for his struggling club team in 2013/14, but still only averaged 2.9 saves an outing for Ajaccio.
While the number of saves he produced against the Canarinho was way above the norm, his Ligue 1 distribution success of 59 per cent and successful claims average (2.1 per game) put his Fortaleza masterclass in the shade.
However, despite the stopper’s sterling work against Brazil, his club stats suggest he might not be a step up on the current incumbents at the Emirates and Anfield.
Ochoa made an average 1.57 saves per goal for Ajaccio last term, a number well below the figures posted by Wojciech Szczesny (1.96) and Simon Mignolet (1.70).
Yet to concede at the 2014 World Cup, the 28-year-old’s El Tri side are 17/10 to beat Croatia next time out to stake a serious bid to deny Brazil Group A top spot.
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