Mexico has a daunting challenge this month with friendlies against two World Cup seeded teams in Belgium and Poland. Although these are exhibition games to see where the team is at in terms of the upcoming World Cup, it is always motivating to get a result against a big name team. Therefore, here are three key players for Mexico in their search for a positive result in Europe.
Hirving Lozano – Winger/Forward
He’s a newcomer who has lit up the Dutch league, so it is no surprise he would make the list of the three crucial players for these upcoming matches. Hirving is a nightmare for defenders, as he loves to chase down a go-ahead pass which not only makes himself dangerous but the surrounding attackers, as well.
We all saw his instant impact in the 2-1 win over Russia back in the Confederations Cup, which is why teams will be sweating if he gets his clear looks. Moreover, now that he’s been in Europe for a while, he has seen different approaches to stopping his game, and so far, not many have been able to.
Andrés Guardado – Midfielder (Captain)
He took a major leap from a stable PSV side to La Liga with Real Betis. Yet, his move has paid off. Andrés Guardado is a top player in assists in the league and Real Betis has blown away expectations for their season, so far. His boost in play and confidence is at an all-time high for Mexico.
Look for Guardado to continue his work as the skipper of the national team against these two Top-10 teams in the current game, because Mexico will need every ounce of confidence he brings.
Héctor Herrera – Midfielder
Héctor Herrera proved his worth back in 2014 after a stellar World Cup, and now, Mexico has seen his form return to old with his club FC Porto. As the captain of the Portuguese side, Herrera has been seeing his name on the scoresheet as of late. Similarly to Guardado, Herrera’s confidence will be a huge boost for some of the new Mexican names on the roster.
If we see Herrera looking like his 2014 self, or better, Mexico will have a great chance of walking away from these friendlies on a high note.