Lucky11| FIFA World Cup: Mexico Full Squad Analysis
Mexico, who placed second in the CONCACAF qualifying matches behind Canada on goal differential, will play in their eighth straight FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Their finest results came in the 1970 and 1986 editions, when they, coincidentally, were the hosts on both occasions and advanced to the quarterfinals.
Can they advance this time around after losing in the Round of 16 last time? Along with group favorites Argentina, Asian superpower Saudi Arabia, and Robert Lewandowski's Poland, they were placed in Group C.
Undoubtedly a difficult group, but Tata Martino will be hoping that his team can at least get to the knockout rounds from where anything is then possible. The manager has selected a preliminary team of 31, which will shortly be reduced to a final World Cup roster.
In Qatar, Guillermo Ochoa is most certainly Martino's first pick. The seasoned goalkeeper is familiar with the standards at this level and has been Club America's undisputed starting this season.
Rodolfo Cota is a reliable choice for a backup goalkeeper because he frequently starts for Leon and last played for his country in a 3-0 victory over Suriname in June 2022.
Another possibility with experience is Alfredo Talavera, who has 38 caps with the national team since making his debut in 2011.
Tata Martino like to use the standard back four.
Hector Moreno, Nestor Araujo, and Jesus Gallardo are among the senior candidates for Mexico's backline, and they are joined by some youthful stars like Kevin Alvarez, Jesus Angulo, and Johan Vasquez. Angulo is a skilled player with the ability to play both left and center defense. For a spot in the starting XI, he will have to beat out seasoned defender Jesus Gallardo and Gerardo Arteaga.
At Ajax, Jorge Sanchez has had difficulty getting playing time, thus Alvarez might start at right-back. The 23-year-old has been outstanding for Pachuca in Liga MX.
Hector Herrera, 32, should be one of the first names on the roster since he has a wealth of knowledge from nearly ten years of playing professionally in Europe, first with Porto and then with Atletico Madrid. Andres Guardado, the joint-most capped player in Mexico's history, and Ajax star Edson Alvarez will provide him with strong assistance.
The health of one prominent winger will have a significant impact on wide players. Despite suffering a fractured fibula that will probably prevent him from playing in the World Cup, Jesus "Tecatito" Corona was selected for the preliminary squad. This increases the pressure on Chucky Lozano's opponents, such as Diego Lainez or Uriel Antuna, to excel.
With stars like Lozano and Raul Jimenez leading the way, Mexico can take pride in its formidable frontline.
Henry Martin is also playing well for Club America and will be vying for a starting position, while Rogelio Funes Mori of Monterrey has been outstanding this season for Monterrey in Liga MX. Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez was one player who did not make the team; despite having a successful season in Major League Soccer, Martino decided not to bring up the LA Galaxy star.
With victories over Argentina's Lionel Messi and Poland's Robert Lewandowski, Mexico will be hoping to accumulate enough points from their opening two games to put themselves in a position to proceed against Saudi Arabia on the final matchday.
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