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Three centre-backs in front of Ochoa:
There is no better Mexican defender abroad than Hector Moreno. The Espanyol footballer has technique, fine touch and leadership.
He has already played in a World Cup and a Confederations Cup, which sets him as an experienced player. He has played with the other centre-backs before so he knows how to work with them.
Since Rafael Marquez arrived in Leon, he went back to his old self. He had a shaky period with New York Red Bulls but managed to turn things around.
Marquez touches the ball like few defenders. He can put a 30-yard pass at his team-mates’ boots with ease; and is no stranger to attacking in set pieces.
He will be the captain in this match, the preparation process and the World Cup. Marquez is the only player who has secured a ticket to Brazil, according to coach Herrera.
Diego Reyes has not had much continuity with Porto but he is young and is poised to grab a place in the team.
He knows he will not take Marquez or Moreno out of the equation, so his battle is against Francisco Rodriguez and Juan Carlos Valenzuela.
During the 2012 Summer Olympics he proved his technique and endurance, which he must show again in front of Nigeria.
Two flying full-backs:
Paul Aguilar has not been at his best with Club America during the 2014 Clausura tournament but he has Herrera’s trust.
Aguilar needs to pay attention because other players, like Rogelio Chavez, have caught Herrera’s eye, as he said last February to local media.
The right-back has faltered to go back to his position in counter-attacks, risking his side’s box.
After an injury and an up-and-down performance with Valencia, Andres Guardado left Spain to join Bayer Leverkusen on a loan.
However, Guardado is the footballer from overseas who needs to prove the most and it seems unlikely that he can displace Miguel Layun on the left flank.
His experience may be vast but he has not been a game-changer for a while, both at club level and with the national team.