Takeaways From Mexico’s Euro Trip

GDANSK, POLAND - NOVEMBER 13: Raul Jimenez from Mexico celebrates after scoring during the Poland v Mexico International Friendly soccer match at Energa Arena Stadium on November 13, 2017 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Adam Nurkiewicz/Getty Images)
Takeaways From Mexico’s Euro Trip

Mexico wrapped up its two-game trip to Europe which was set up to be a tune-up in a hostile environment. Mexico not only walked away with more confidence but also gained some attention after a 3-3 draw with Belgium and a 1-0 win over Poland.

Here are some things we learned from the Euro friendlies…

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Chucky Lozano is Mexico’s deadliest attacking option

His two second-half goals put Mexico back in the game with Belgium after going down 1-2 early on in the half. His ability to disorganize defenses is a huge advantage for Mexico, and we have been seeing Lozano do this all season with PSV.

Mexico was without Tecatito Corona due to a family matter, however, when both of them get on the field together, Mexico will be able to feel at its peak offensively, regardless of who is slotted in at striker.

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Álvarez is the future CDM, not Reyes

In both matches this month, Diego Reyes was placed as the central defensive midfielder for Juan Carlos Osorio. His game was sloppy, at best. It is evident that Diego is not fit to serve as the CDM with Juan Carlos Osorio’s system because he is a true center-back. In fact, when Reyes went to the backline in the second half of the Poland match, his game improved significantly.

Edson Álvarez, however, showed that he can fill the CDM role with ease. His poise in the position is a breath of fresh air for JCO because the youngster from Club América has shown versatility in his game. Whether he is a center-back or a CDM, he is able to be trusted.

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Omar Govea could threaten Giovani dos Santos’ spot in Russia

It was his first call-up to the senior national team and he excelled in the twenty minutes he was given. It would be in JCO’s best interest to continue to give him time, especially with his club form being so high. What this will mean, though, is that Giovani dos Santos is in trouble moving forward. He looks out of sorts, uninspired, and sometimes a liability on the pitch for Mexico.

Omar came onto the pitch against Poland and the team did not lose a step. He knew exactly what he needed to do which makes his debut very intriguing for Osorio when he looks over the film.

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Andrés Guardado is Mexico’s true captain

Andrés made a risky move which has paid off in moving to Real Betis from PSV. Since doing so, nearly all of his attributes have improved and we all saw that in the November friendlies. Andrés showed off his stamina, passing, and hustle over the two matches, and that is very exciting for Mexico fans to see.

It’s no longer a question who will be Mexico’s captain because as long as Guardado is healthy, he will be leading Mexico in the 2018 World Cup.

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Bryan has been a writer for The Stoppage Time since 2015. He has been covering soccer since 2011 and is a Sports management & Communications graduate from Grand Canyon University.

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