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Guido Rodríguez on facing Mexico in Qatar: “It’ll be tough...”

The former Liga MX player pointed out that the entire Argentina squad is looking forward to the duel against El Tri in the Qatar Group Phase.

Guido Rodríguez durante un partido con Argentina.
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One member of Argentina’s squad who has a chance of facing Mexico in the group stage at the World Cup is Guido Rodríguez. The Betis midfielder, who has experience playing in the Liga MX, is excited about the prospect of facing Gerardo Martino’s team in Qatar but admitted that the Albicelestes are in for a difficult match.

“It’s going to be a tough game, Mexico is a great team that plays very well. Mexico have a long history of playing in World Cup finals, and have met Argentina several times. We are looking forward to it and we know it will be a very difficult match,” Guido told TUDN, after Tuesday’s 3-0 friendly win against Jamaica.

The former Tijuana and Club América player added that because every match at the World Cup is difficult makes, it’s impossible to forecast how far a team can go. “They are all tough games, in a World Cup you can’t choose who you meet. You have to deal with whatever rival you are pitted against. You need to play well, work together and win because every team you face will very hard to beat,” he said.

Argentina, three years without defeat

The win over Jamaica at the Red Bull Arena last night means that Argentina have extended their unbeaten run to 35 games. Their last defeat was to Brazil in the Copa América semi-final in July 2019. he commented that: “We are happy with the unbeaten record, we’ll continue working to try and prolong it. But there are a lot of high-level teams out there so we’ll take it step by step and keep working,” the Betis player added.

Mexico meanwhile fell 2-3 to Colombia in Tuesday’s friendly - a game in which they were leading by two goals in the first half. The Cafeteros turned it around after the break with a brace from Luis Sinisterra and a Wilmar Barrios winner.