Mexico Should Experiment with Christian Gimenez Against Ivory Coast
Jose Manuel de la Torre has decided to bring two naturalized players to El Tri and it's the right decision. Chepo has called upon Christian Gimenez and Damian Alvarez for Wednesday's match against Ivory Coast.
After a series of bad results, including eliminations at the Confederations Cup and Gold Cup, El Tri has a lot to prove. This match is a great way to experiment ahead of next month's game against Honduras.
The squad has had trouble with creativity and depth. Proof of it is the squad’s predictability and lack of goals.
This year, Mexico has scored 17 goals in the same number of matches.
Gimenez can help the team by bringing his fine touch as well as unbalancing skills to the pitch. The Cruz Azul midfielder has been a cornerstone in his club. He is strong and can add up to the defense without leaving the offense unattended.
The Argentina-born midfielder started his career with Boca Juniors when he was eight years old. He made his professional debut with the team nine years later and quickly settled in as an undisputed starter.
After five seasons, he left to Union and later to Independiente. He arrived in Mexico in 2004, where he has played for Veracruz, America, Pachuca and Cruz Azul.
Gimenez has won four league championships—two in Argentina and two in Mexico—plus two Copa Libertadores and six other international tournaments.
Chaco has a big chance of playing against the African side mainly because only three Mexicans that play abroad made the trip to the United States, where the game will be held.
As Juan Martin Montes of MedioTiempo.com reported, De la Torre reckons that he has made bad decisions and mistakes, but is willing to amend them.
The first step in achieving the feat is bringing in other players and trying to give the team a new face. This is where Gimenez comes in handy.
He has scored over 100 goals in his professional career. He usually plays as an attacking midfielder and becomes a lethal playmaker. He also knows how to keep the ball and give depth to the squad.
Gimenez also takes his chances from outside the box, as he has a gifted right foot. Overall, he is a very complete footballer with a good attitude and great physical attributes. He is strong and fights for the ball fiercely.
There is no doubt that his abilities are very different from those of other El Tri players, hence the immense opportunity to bring something new to the team.
Did Jose Manuel de la Torre made a good decision by calling Christian Gimenez?
But as with every squad, if his teammates do not change their mindset and fight their hardest, the result will be the same as what we've seen in the past eight months. That is precisely what Chaco has had to endure with Cruz Azul, a club that has not won a league title in 16 years.
The bottom line is De la Torre has finally done something different and the next step is actually reaching out to the naturalized footballers.
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