How Mexico Will Line Up Against Israel in International Friendly

Karla Villegas Gama@karlitsvFeatured ColumnistMay 27, 2014

How Mexico Will Line Up Against Israel in International Friendly

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    Mexico will play their last friendly on home soil, against Israel, before they leave for the Unites States to continue their preparation ahead of the World Cup.

    Miguel Herrera has his 23-man squad complete and with no injuries, although some of them will miss the match because they joined the rest of the team last Saturday.

    There will be a special homage to Cuauhtemoc Blanco, who will play between 15 to 20 minutes before leaving the pitch.

    In a press conference, Herrera told Mexican media that he has been working with a 4-3-3 system, but he is not about to change his usual 5-3-2 just now.

    The game will take place on Wednesday, May 28 at 9:30 p.m. ET at the mythic Estadio Azteca.


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    Jose de Jesus Corona: He is fighting with Guillermo Ochoa for the starting position. Corona has been one of the best Mexican goalkeepers in the past couple of years.

    His performance in the 2012 Summer Olympics was superb; meanwhile with Cruz Azul, he has become a standard bearer, like he proved at he CONCACAF Champions League final game.

    He knows how to cut the angle, his reflexes are great and he has improved his game a lot on ground level.

    Corona is the kind of goalkeeper that knows how to come out playing with the ball on his feet, which is something Herrera likes.


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    Miguel Layun (LB): The Cliub America defender will take over the left flank as he has done since Miguel Herrera took over the squad. 

    The Club America defender has already proven to be very flexible, as he can take over any of the flanks with the same productivity and technique.

    Carlos Salcido (CB): He is one of the biggest surprises on the squad, but his experience will come in handy when the team plays in Brazil.

    His natural position is on the left flank but since Marquez and Moreno will sit on the bench for this game, the Chivas footballer will help Reyes and Rodriguez inside the box.

    Herrera can also use him as a left-back or a defensive midfielder, like he did at the 2012 Summer Olympics, since an ankle injury sidelined Juan Carlos Medina from the squad. Herrera will have at least four games to make up his mind about that issue.

    This is a key game for Salcido, if he is out of shape, he can kiss goodbye his chance to be a starter in the upcoming games.

    Francisco Rodriguez (CB): He has struggled a lot with his physical form, and he needs to work hard if he wants to leave the bench once in Brazil.

    Since Hector Moreno and Rafael Marquez will not play in this game, El Maza needs to take it as an advantage and prove that he is ready to be back on the pitch. If he manages to prove he is in shape, Diego Reyes' spot could be in danger.

    Diego Reyes (CB): One of the most trusted men of Miguel Herrera. Reyes may not be an undisputed starter with Porto, but he earned El Piojo's confidence when they were both part of Club America.

    Reyes was a key footballer at the 2012 Summer Olympics, but he has yet to prove himself with the senior team. He has heart and gives it all on the pitch, but his lack of playing time could hurt his chances of making the starting XI.

    His most valuable asset is his aerial game and he can thank his height (6'4'') for that.

    Paul Aguilar (RB): He is one of the players who have no competition. Aguilar knows how to take care of the right flank like few players.

    He is fast and ferocious, but furthermore, he has the ability to join the attack as a flying full-back, which is why he adjusts so well in Herrera's 5-3-2 system.

    Aguilar has scored three times with El Tri, thanks to his powerful long-distance shot.


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    Marco Fabian (LM): He has only played one match under Miguel Herrera's command, against the United States, and once the coach placed him on the left flank, he delivered results.

    Fabian played a lot of time as an attacking midfielder, but it is as a winger where he makes a serious difference for his team.

    The best example of it can be seen with Cruz Azul or at the 2012 Summer Olympics. His strength and speed allow him to cut into the box or send crosses with ease.

    Hector Herrera (CM): He has already shown what he is capable of doing with the senior squad. His appearances with the U-23 squad put him in several European clubs' radar. Now playing for Porto Herrera has polished his skills even more.

    He can take over the right flank or the center of the pitch, however, against Nigeria he proved how valuable he could be as the commander of the team.

    Different from what Juan Carlos Medina did, Herrera becomes a real link between the defense and the attacking zone. With El Negro out of the picture, Herrera has a higher probability of making the starting XI.

    Isaac Brizuela (RM): El Conejito has been summoned five times with the El Tri, but his lack of experience has been the main reason why he has only played in two games.

    However, Brizuela is the kind of player who provides depth to the team, thanks to his long runs and unbalancing moves. He can be a great sub when the team needs to change the pace of the match.

    His aerial game and long-distance shots are superb.


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    Javier Hernandez: As soon as Cuauhtemoc Blanco leaves the pitch, Chicharito will try to prove that, despite his lack of playing time with Manchester United, he is still a key element.

    His knack for scoring goals, combined with his speed, make of him one of the most lethal players as soon as he steps into the box.

    Hernandez knows how to leave the rivals behind, and when he needs to be in a certain place at the right moment.

    Oribe Peralta: The key man of the team secured his ticket to the World Cup earlier this year, thanks to his commitment and enthusiasm with the squad.

    Peralta plays at his best no matter what rival is in front of him. He gives it all on the pitch and his mentality is always in the right spot.


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    The rest of the team looks like this:

    Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa and Alfredo Talavera

    Defenders: Rafael Marquez, Hector Moreno and Miguel Ponce

    Midfielders: Carlos Pena, Luis Montes, Andres Guardado and Jose Juan Vazquez

    Forwards: Giovani dos Santos, Raul Jimenez and Alan Pulido