What would Mexico look like if they only used players from European league teams?
Here’s how El Tri would line up if they only used players who play for European clubs. Is it better than the current team?
The Mexican National Team are preparing to face Ghana this Saturday, October 14 (kick-off at 8:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. PT.). For the game, Jaime Lozano has kept the majority of players who were called up for the matches earlier in the year against Australia and Uzbekistan.
Mexico are about to challenge themselves greatly with the game versus Ghana, as they find themselves up against a team that has lost so far this year. For the tie, manager Chris Houghton has called up his most powerful squad to face a Mexico side going through their own vein of positive form.
How would Mexico look with only players from European leagues?
If indeed Mexico were to put out a starting eleven made up entirely of players who play in Europe, with a 4-4-3 formation, the side would perhaps look something like this: Guillermo Ochoa; Gerardo Arteaga, Johan Vásquez, César Montes, Jorge Sánchez; Edson Álvarez, Luis Chávez, Orbelín Pineda, Hirving Lozano; Raúl Jiménez and Santiago Giménez.
After the match against Ghana, Mexico will travel to Philadelphia to face the German National Team, who are already working under the order of Julian Nagelsmann. For the last time the two sides faced off against other, one has to go back to the historic match at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, when El Tri, led by Juan Carlos Osorio, defeated the European team that turned up the tournament as world champions. Hirving “Chucky” Lozano found the back of the net in a 1-0 win.
Which players are in Mexico’s squad for the games against Ghana and Germany?
As for the full squad, with all the relevant Liga MX and MLS players in it, Jaime Lozano revealed to some surprise that Club América winger Julián Quiñones was not included. However, the situation was quickly diffused (to some extent) after it was revealed that “an administrative error” caused him to miss out.
Club América’s director, Héctor González Iñarritu, explained that “in a month [Quiñones] will have his [naturalisation] card... the mistake was because his second surname was not there, he had to resend the papers, now the process is correct and in a month it will be done”.
“Quiñones is very happy in Mexico”, said Santiago Baños, the club president, “he arrived at 17 and he’s been here a long time, his kids are Mexican and he feels the colours, the nationality, he is convinced about playing for Mexico and he calls himself Mexican.”