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The last point about training with your teammates should be remembered when we analyze the state of players such as Porto’s Diego Reyes and Miguel Layun or Benfica’s Raul Jimenez and Roma’s Hector Moreno. All of them are currently struggling with minutes with their respective clubs but featured for Mexico in the last month’s thrilling 3-3 friendly against Belgium.

Osorio rates the quality of European football so much that for him, just the fact that they’re training in high competition could be reason enough for them to be selected for Russia as opposed to a bubble player who is starting and doing well in Liga MX. But due to the elevation of quality in Mexico’s domestic league, there are many players who could still make a name for themselves between now and the World Cup.
Then there are those who are playing in Europe and excelling. Case in point: Hirving “Chucky” Lozano, who netted his 10th goal of the season with PSV Eindhoven last weekend to become the Dutch league’s top scorer thus far.

Against Belgium, he was electric, as he mirrored Romelu Lukaku’s performance with a brace and solidified his role for El Tri. If he continues to perform for PSV and stays fit, Lozano can be a game-changer for Mexico. He is one to watch out for in Russia, and here are 22 others who are in position to join him as of now:

Guillermo Ochoa (Standard Liege), Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca)
Ochoa’s time with Standard Liege has really picked up since the beginning of the season and it would take a monumental effort by Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul) or Alfredo Talavera (Toluca) to take his starting spot at this point. A good performance against Poland earlier this month and more to come for 2018, however, should solidify Corona’s No. 2 spot, while Talavera, who is recuperating from surgery due to major ligament damage, should be back by the time the league’s Clausura tournament comes around. If there is a setback, look for Chivas’s Rodolfo Cota to possibly take over the third spot. Osorio is familiar with the 30-year-old, as he went to the Confederations Cup.

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Hector Moreno (Roma), Diego Reyes (Porto), Miguel Layun (Porto), Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt), Nestor Araujo (Santos Laguna), Jesus Gallardo (Pumas), Edson Alvarez (America), Hugo Ayala (Tigres)

This is all about versatility and the many different positions these defenders can cover. Players like Gallardo and Layun provide defensive and offensive creativity on the left-hand side, as they are able to play left back and wing. Layun, if needed, can play on both flanks. Salcedo plays as a center back for Frankfurt, and did so against Poland, but against Belgium he went out wide. Reyes is also a choice for defensive midfielder, while Araujo and Ayala offer some stability at the back. Ayala played well against Poland, showing a level of experience and composure, which is why he might be included, but look out for Monterrey’s Cesar Montes for a possible call-up. The 20-year-old has been exceptional for Monterrey, which finished first in Liga MX’s Apertura regular season.

The other issue is Rafael Marquez, who is hoping to play for–and captain–Mexico in a fifth World Cup. As of right now, the 38-year-old can’t be included due to the sanctions against him by the U.S. government for his alleged connections to a drug kingpin. He is not allowed to travel to the U.S., and his international status is still in question, but if this is resolved before next summer, then the opportunity for him to come in will arise. His fitness would not be an issue, as he is already allowed to play for his club, Atlas. Osorio has mentioned he is willing to leave the door open for him, so only time will tell.

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With less than seven months to go until the 2018 World Cup, the Mexico national team is at a very good point in its preparation.

The squad not only finished at the top of CONCACAF’s Hexagonal, but also recently finished a European friendly tour with a 1-0 win over Poland and a noteworthy 3-3 draw against Belgium. Mexico currently has a good balance of experience and youth within its roster and is developing exciting names like Hirving Lozano and Edson Alvarez before Russia 2018.

All that said, there are still lessons to be learned and remembered from Juan Carlos Osorio’s time as manager. With a focus on his six defeats as Mexico’s leader on the sideline, here’s a look at the takeaways from each one.


June 18th, 2016 : Mexico 0-7 Chile (Copa America Centenario)

What happened: Although over a year has passed since this quarterfinal game, you’ll seldom find a supporter who has forgotten this embarrassment. Osorio attempted to go toe-to-toe with Chile and later emerged with the most abysmal and depressing result in its modern history.

Lesson: Mexico has limitations. Osorio has every right to go right at any opponent, but must plan accordingly. Against Chile, the manager took a risk in a 4-3-3 by giving Jesus Duenas the start as the lone defensive midfielder. Against Belgium last Friday, Osorio recognized and solved that limitation by working with two defensive midfielders instead of one.

When needed against elite teams, Mexico fans should keep their fingers crossed that he maintains this pragmatic approach.

May 27th, 2017: Mexico 1-2 Croatia (Friendly)

What happened: Mexico’s experimental XI controlled the possession and attacking momentum of the game, but also struggled to connect in the final third. As for Croatia, the B/C team pounced on two mistakes that cost Osorio the match. Despite the fact that he attempted to wrestle back a win in a second half that featured big-name players, Mexico only secured one late goal.

Lesson: Hiccups happen during friendlies. Looking back at the starting rosters, it was clear that neither side was taking this game very seriously. If Osorio gains another loss in a preparatory friendly in the future, there should be no need for either the manager, the media or fans to lose much sleep about it.
Injuries left Mexico exposed against Germany in the Confederations Cup semifinal and they were down two goals within 10 minutes.
June 29th, 2017: Germany 4-1 Mexico (Confederations Cup)

What happened: Following injuries to Diego Reyes and Carlos Salcedo, Osorio had to mix his backline up with the inclusion of Oswaldo Alanis at left-back. Germany took advantage of Mexico’s altered defense and scored twice within the first eight minutes of the semifinal clash. In the attack, the frontline failed to be much of a threat.

Lesson: Defensive depth is a problem. Without getting too deep into the argument of whether Osorio should call up more true fullbacks, Mexico’s defensive options continues to be far too thin when there are injuries to key players. Heading into the World Cup, Osorio will have to find a way to aid and support Mexico’s most vulnerable point on the pitch.

July 2nd, 2017: Portugal 2-1 Mexico (Confederations Cup)

What happened: Thanks to an incredible performance from Guillermo Ochoa in net, and an own-goal from Portugal’s Luis Neto in the second half, El Tri nearly stole a third-place finish in the Confederations Cup.

Instead, what followed was an equalizer from Pepe in the 91st minute and a game-winner from Adrien Silva in extra time. With only a couple of minutes left, Osorio was thrown out of the match after protesting a penalty that wasn’t awarded for his side.

Lesson: Osorio must keep his cool. The Confederations Cup showed a different side to the manager. Earlier in the tournament against New Zealand, the Colombian was seen yelling an expletive at one member of the opposing coaching staff. Following the third-place clash against Portugal, he was then given a six-game ban for his aggressive protests toward match officials.

Regardless of the loss, the manager must make sure to keep a cool head in the future.

July 23rd, 2017: Mexico 0-1 Jamaica (Gold Cup)

What happened: On paper, Mexico was the heavy favorite in this semifinal battle last summer. Up-and-coming names such as Orbelin Pineda, Erick Torres, Rodolfo Pizarro and Erick Gutierrez were given an easy path to the final. Unfortunately for Mexican fans, the squad was toothless and far too predictable. A late free kick and ensuing goal from Kemar Lawrence was all that Jamaica needed to secure the victory.

Lesson: Numerous Mexican youngsters still have plenty to prove. In a backup Gold Cup roster that was filled with promising talent, Alvarez was the only player to emerge with a positive showing. To this day, names like Pineda and Gutierrez have yet to showcase that they’re worthy a spot in the senior team.

October 10th, 2017: Honduras 3-2 Mexico (World Cup qualifying)

What happened: With a spot already secured in the World Cup, Osorio tinkered with an atypical 3-1-4-2 formation. Coupled with a Honduras side that was desperate for three points in the final matchday of qualifying, Mexico fell apart after allowing two goals in the second half.

Lesson: Keep the experiments to a minimum. Although the team had already booked a place for Russia 2018, Osorio made it obvious with statements beforehand that he wanted to close out qualifying with a win. The manager isn’t as much of a “mad scientist” as many make him out to be, but instances like this highlight the potential faults of employing unfamiliar formations in the future.

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MEXICO CITY — At almost 31 years old, Andres Guardado is experiencing one of the most important moments of his career, where his leaderships qualities will have to shine through every week at club and national team level. Heading toward a fourth World Cup, Guardado feels that the World Cup in Russia will be the place where everything will finally come together — all the experiences he’s attained in Europe and in past World Cups — and help him give his best World Cup performance of his career.

The experiences, both good and bad, have transformed him from a speedy left-footed winger into a midfield orchestrator, capable of playing in all midfield positions. Without the presence of Rafael Marquez in the national team picture, Guardado becomes El Tri’s most important voice.

After three successful years at PSV, where he was able to closely learn about the midfield craft from someone like Phillip Cocu, Guardado has landed at Real Betis, where manager Quique Setien has high ambitions of making Betis into one of the most competitive sides in La Liga. Guardado’s decision to head to Betis should be interpreted as one that he took in order to enhance his football a year before the World Cup. In Mexico’s No. 18′s world, there’s always time to keep improving.

“To tell you the truth, you don’t see it coming when you’re one of the new players in the team,” Guardado began to explain on Real Betis TV’s show, Heliopolis, what he thought of becoming a team captain although he’s a new player in the team. “El Mister asked me about it and explained to me why he decided to designate me captain. I told him, ‘Mister, no matter if I’m captain or not, I will always give my all and show what I have learned thanks to the experiences this career has given me.’

“So at the end, it’s a designation, but I carry it with a lot responsibility and excitement.”

In Betis’ 2-1 win over Celta Vigo last Friday, Guardado got both assists, but it wasn’t the assists that stood out. What stood out was how closely his teammates listened to him in the tunnel at half-time as he gave specific instructions to the forwards and midfielders.

When it comes to Mexican footballers in Europe, the number isn’t vast. So it’s easy to pinpoint those who have captain-like qualities and those who don’t. Certainly, having played in Europe for 10 years has shaped Guardado into the leader that he is today. Not that many Mexican footballers have been able to be immersed in European football for a decade.

By deciding to sign with Betis, Guardado claimed right to two important opportunities: To compete against the best, and to prove that he can be among the best.
Andres Guardado’s decision to sign with Betis shows he is still challenging himself at the highest level.
“When you go against Barcelona, you notice it a lot [the difference between La Liga and the Eredivisie],” Guardado said on Heliopolis. “In general, that’s why I came back, I said it during my presentation. It’s not the same to play each week against teams of the caliber of Barcelona, than, with all due respect, against Eredivisie teams.

“I came looking for this competition, which has a greater level and asks more from you. Without a doubt, it will make me have a better playing level.”

As acting Mexico captain, Guardado already spoke with the Mexican press as El Tri prepares to face Panama and secure a place in next year’s World Cup. The best statement that he made was the following: “It’s not simple [completing the World Cup qualifiers in the fashion El Tri has done]. We have to give it the worth that it deserves because we weren’t able to do it in the last two World Cup qualifiers.”

His first two games in Spain suggest that Guardado is living one of the most exciting times of his career. In an interview with Sevilla’s sports newspaper, Estadio Deportivo, he stated that he has more excitement now, than when he was 20-years-old and playing for Deportivo La Coruna.

The upcoming World Cup could be the last one of Guardado in his prime. “You never know but maybe at this level and with an important responsibility in the team, I think that this could be the last one [World Cup],” he stated on Heliopolis. “That’s why I decided to come to a league like this one and to accept this exciting challenge [at Betis], which demands me to give my all and will help me reach next year’s World Cup at a great level.”

Not only will he be reaching next year’s World Cup at a great level, but possibly as Mexico’s most important leader in the final roster.