Mexico’s World Cup squad: Who starts in Qatar? Can Martino rely on Lozano, Jimenez?

DOHA, Qatar — Following hours, days and weeks of rumors relating to what Mexico’s ultimate roster will appear like, the boys’s nationwide group formally introduced on Monday which 26 gamers will head to the World Cup.

Typically, many of the roster was pretty predictable and primarily based off a preliminary 31-man checklist that was revealed earlier this month. Recognizable faces similar to Guillermo Ochoa, Hector Moreno, Hector Herrera, Edson Alvarez, Hirving Lozano, Andres Guardado and a number of other different common call-ups populated the checklist made by supervisor Gerardo “Tata” Martino.

That mentioned, in an analogous method that Qatar is scrambling to organize for the World Cup festivities, the identical may very well be mentioned for a Mexico facet that waited till the final minute to announce a ultimate roster that can now face Argentina, Poland, and Saudi Arabia in Group C.

Harm issues and Eleventh-hour selections on alternates meant Martino was nonetheless contemplating his ultimate 26 whereas different nations had already introduced their squads for the event. However with the checklist now in, let’s check out what we discovered from Monday’s Mexico roster launch:

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Goalkeepers (3)

Projected starter: Guillermo Ochoa (Membership America)
On squad: Alfredo Talavera (FC Juarez), Rodolfo Cota (Leon)
Left off: Carlos Acevedo (Santos Laguna), Luis Malagon (Necaxa), David Ochoa (D.C. United), Jonathan Orozco (Membership Tijuana)

No actual surprises right here. Ochoa, Talavera and Cota have been the one goalkeepers added within the preliminary roster, that means that every one different choices have been basically out of the working for Qatar.

As for who will begin, there isn’t a query that Martino will follow Ochoa in web for each sport potential. Barring an sudden harm, count on the Membership America participant to as soon as once more be a key determine and game-changer after doing so for El Tri within the 2014 and 2018 editions of the event.

Defenders (8)

Projected starters: Jesus Gallardo (Monterrey), Hector Moreno (Monterrey), Cesar Montes (Monterrey), Jorge Sanchez (Ajax)
On squad: Gerardo Arteaga (Genk), Johan Vasquez (Cremonese), Nestor Araujo (Membership America), Kevin Alvarez (Pachuca)
Left off: Jesus Alberto Angulo (Tigres), Israel Reyes (Puebla), Julian Araujo (LA Galaxy), Emilio Lara (Membership America), Luis Reyes (Atlas), Erick Aguirre (Monterrey), Julio Dominguez (Cruz Azul)

There is a robust Monterrey backbone within the backline that’s set to function no less than a few Rayados gamers. As an skilled left central defender, Moreno is a assured starter. Alongside him on the coronary heart of protection, Montes, his membership teammate, has confirmed to work nicely with Moreno and brings some much-needed mobility in protection. The Rayados defensive legion ought to embody Gallardo as nicely, who has been resurgent for membership and nation over the past couple of months at left-back.

At right-back, all indicators level to Ajax’s Sanchez being given the nod, however current Liga MX champion Alvarez has been near-perfect in 2022 for Pachuca. And this quartet can have stick with it contemplating Mexico are in a bunch that has top-notch goalscorers like Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski.

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Despite not making the ultimate lower, the long run stays brilliant for up-and-coming gamers similar to Lara, Araujo and Reyes. Martino went with extra seasoned choices in his World Cup squad, leaving these and all different U23 gamers out of the image.

Alvarez, who’s going to show 24 in January, would be the youngest call-up for Mexico in Qatar.

Midfielders (7)

Projected starters: Andres Guardado (Actual Betis), Edson Alvarez (Ajax), Hector Herrera (Houston Dynamo)
On squad: Erick Gutierrez (PSV), Luis Chavez (Pachuca), Luis Romo (Monterrey), Carlos Rodriguez (Cruz Azul)
Left off: Erick Sanchez (Pachuca), Fernando Beltran (Chivas), Sebastian Cordova (Tigres), Marcelo Flores (Actual Oviedo), Erik Lira (Cruz Azul), Alfonso Gonzalez (Monterrey)

As soon as thought-about a assured trio within the midfield, there are actually no certainties that Guardado, Alvarez or Herrera shall be go-to starters. Guardado’s vitality has decreased in his mid-30s and Herrera has struggled to say common minutes in MLS after a current harm. Alvarez seems to be the one in-form starter of the three, however he is also dropped from the XI after Martino experimented in Mexico’s 4-0 pleasant win over Iraq final week that did not function a real defensive midfielder.

This may undoubtedly land alternatives for important minutes and presumably begins for a youthful era of choices like Gutierrez, Chavez and Rodriguez.

A lot shall be made from a Liga MX greatest XI-caliber participant similar to Sanchez being neglected, however like Lara or Araujo, the 23-year-old is one to observe for the long run.

Wingers (5)

Projected starters: Hirving Lozano (Napoli), Uriel Antuna (Cruz Azul)
In squad: Orbelin Pineda (AEK Athens), Alexis Vega (Chivas), Roberto Alvarado (Chivas)
Left off: Rodolfo Pizarro (Monterrey), Alejandro Zendejas (Membership America), Jordan Carrillo (Sporting Gijon), Diego Lainez (Braga), Jesus Corona (Sevilla)

Lozano will unquestionably be within the XI on both the left or proper wing, however who else will begin reverse him?

Martino has a propensity to offer loads of minutes to Antuna, though he may be higher suited as a pacey second-half substitute. Vega is a well-rounded possibility, as is Alvarado, and but Pineda’s creativity and explosiveness might sneak him into that beginning spot.

This all would not be a debate if Corona did not undergo a fractured fibula earlier this summer time that finally dominated him out of the World Cup. Lainez was initially within the working for his place, however after an absence of minutes for Braga in Portugal, the speedy 22-year-old was controversially neglected of the ultimate roster.

Twin-national Zendejas, on paper, ought to have been within the image as a Corona substitute as nicely. That mentioned, issues together with his eligibility for Mexico has positioned his function with the nationwide group on maintain.

Forwards (3)

Projected starters: Raul Jimenez (Wolves)
In squad: Rogelio Funes Mori (Monterrey), Henry Martin (Membership America)
Left off: Santiago Gimenez (Feyenoord), Eduardo Aguirre (Santos Laguna), Angel Zaldivar (Chivas), Javier Hernandez (LA Galaxy)

In a race to completely get better from a groin harm, Jimenez’s inclusion was a final minute choice by Martino. So long as he is wholesome he ought to be within the XI, but when not, it is up within the air if both Funes Mori or Martin will take the main function. Whereas Funes Mori was spectacular via his efficiency and objective in win over Iraq final week, Martin is extra in-form on the membership degree after gathering 13 objectives and 6 assists in 21 appearances for Membership America final season.

Having the present joint high goalscorer within the 2022-23 Europa League would appear like a straightforward addition to the ultimate World Cup roster, however Martino as a substitute earned loads of criticism for leaving out Feyenoord’s 21-year-old Gimenez from the squad.

Hernandez, Mexico’s all-time main goalscorer, was additionally within the dialog, however behind-the-scenes points with the nationwide group have been by no means resolved. The LA Galaxy striker final performed for Martino’s facet in late 2019.

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