5 Things Mexico Coach Miguel Herrera Should Experiment with vs. Nigeria

Karla Villegas Gama@karlitsvFeatured ColumnistMarch 4, 2014

5 Things Mexico Coach Miguel Herrera Should Experiment with vs. Nigeria

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    The only FIFA date before the World Cup is here, which means this is Miguel Herrera’s sole chance to line up the players overseas with those from the local league at the same time.

    Tactically, Herrera will not experiment. We will see his traditional 5-3-2 system, with two flying full-backs, three centre-backs, two attacking midfielders, a central midfielder and two strikers, one behind the other.

    This Wednesday is when he gets to experiment and see if the chosen ones can work properly with each other.

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Guillermo Ochoa Must Start

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    Moises Munoz and Jesus Corona have been Mexico’s regular goalkeepers. Both have proven to know the defensive line and how to lead it.

    From 2012 to 2014, Corona has been capped 29 times and has played 19, all as starter.

    Munoz was called for 24 matches, but only had activity in eight; in one of them he substituted Oscar Perez, in a friendly against Colombia.

    Meanwhile, Ochoa has been capped 18 times in the past couple of years but has only played in eight of those.

    So this is the time to see if he can take over and provide security, structure and leadership.

    He must impress Herrera.

Leave Francisco Rodriguez on the Bench

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    Once upon a time (2006-2010) "El Maza" was one of the best Mexican centre-backs. He is no longer one of them.

    Rodriguez has become slow and is clearly out of shape. The youngsters leave him behind easily and he compromises the team, leaving his teammates with more work to do.

    Hector Moreno, Rafael Marquez and even Diego Reyes have proven to be fit and ready to tackle the challenge.

    Herrera should go with those who have a better chance to make the World Cup team. In all fairness, picking Rodriguez has more to do with hierarchy than with his recent performance.

Miguel Ponce Should Substitute Injured Miguel Layun

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    Ponce left Chivas de Guadalajara for the 2014 Clausura, and so far he has been superb with Toluca.

    He has played all nine matchdays and has scored once, his first goal since the 2010 Apertura.

    Ponce is a powerful left-back who can defend and attack with the same accuracy and fierceness.

    With Miguel Layun injured, it is probable that Herrera is thinking to line up Andres Guardado, but Ponce has had more playing time so far.

Start with Javier Hernandez and Oribe Peralta

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    Hernandez and Peralta partnered during the World Cup qualifying process, but they didn't have much success.

    It felt as if they interfered with each other due to their playing styles. At times Hernandez even went out of the box in hopes to create plays, which is not his forte.

    Peralta was El Tri's top scorer last year, and even though he has only put the ball away once with Santos Laguna this season, he is always a factor when he is on the pitch.

    Herrera has never had both of them at his service, so this is the perfect opportunity to try them and see if they complement each other.

Try Hector Herrera Instead of Juan Carlos Medina

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    Hector Herrera has been playing regularly in Europe, and that should be enough to start the game.

    Currently, Miguel Herrera has put Juan Carlos Medina in charge of the midfield, but the Porto footballer has more experience in international games; he won the 2012 Summer Olympics, and, that same year, he was named Most Valuable Player of the 2012 Toulon Tournament.

    Herrera is great when he plays as a defensive midfielder, which will come in handy against Nigeria due to their speed and strength.