Mexican defender César Montes shines in first La Liga game for Espanyol
The Mexican centre-back started for Espanyol and played the full 90 minutes.
After leaving Monterrey, defender César Montes arrived at the Espanyol on Spain’s east coast but struggled to find early minutes. Now, however, the Mexican has returned to the starting lineup and against Getafe, a 2-1 win, he performed admirably.
Since his arrival he has won the confidence of manager Diego Martínez and on Sunday 15 January he started in the back line alongside Leandro Cabrera and Fernando Calero. According to Sofascore, the defender made 14 clearances and 7 recoveries.
He blocked 3 Getafe shots and of 15 duels he won 8. “I’m really happy to get my first win in La Liga, above all for the effort that the team showed to get the three points at such a tough stadium. The truth is I’m very happy”, he said after the game.
Is César Montes a potential national team starter?
It’s worth remembering that this is the first time Montes has started a game in Spain’s top division, but the second since he arrived in Europe. The Mexican played in the Copa del Rey game against Celta de Vigo, in the Round of 32 in the Copa del Rey, which his side won 3-1 in Barcelona.
Due the his frequent appearances in European football, César Montes could be considered for the Mexican National Team at some point in the future. The next game, against Suriname in the CONCACAF Nations League, could be an option. For now, El Tri are without a manager but various candidates are reportedly being considered.
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