Mexico Predicted Lineup vs Argentina – World Cup

World Cup real estate Mexico will meet Argentina in their second group game on Saturday evening.

Gerardo Martino is the only manager in the history of the Argentina national team to lose two finals while at the helm. The Santa Fe native has endured the same misfortune as Mexico’s leader, but on an even more compressed scale.

While a year passed between Argentina and Chile’s two Copa America defeats, Martino’s Mexico lost the United States’ CONCACAF Nations League and Gold Cup in the space of two months in the summer of 2021.

This is the line-up that the unfortunate Martino is allowed to use against his native country.

Hirving Lozano

Hirving Lozano scored a winning goal against Germany at the 2018 World Cup / Dan Mullan/GettyImages

GK: Guillermo Ochoa – After making 25 tournament saves in 2018, Ochoa has entered the 2022 tournament with the league’s first penalty save.

RB: Jorge Sanchez – In 2019, Sanchez revealed that he “couldn’t sleep for seven months” after receiving death threats following a high-profile foul for CF America.

CB: Cesar Montes – The towering 6’3 centre-back is disarmingly known as “El Cachorro”, The Puppy.

CB: Hector Moreno – A broken leg in the round of 16 against the Netherlands at the 2014 World Cup hampered a rumored move to Barcelona. With his international retirement looming, Moreno is unlikely to rock at Camp Nou this summer.

LB: Jesus Gallardo – The feisty fullback hails from the Mexican city of Tabasco, where baseball is the dominant pastime.

CM: Luis Chavez – Martino was hit on the phone by Chavez’s friends when he handed the midfielder his debut in April. “They told me I was a national player,” he recalls. “I knew nothing about it.”

CM: Edson Alvarez – How many people actually call the defensive midfielder “Edsonbauer” is up for debate, but the comparison to Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer still stands.

CM: Hector Herrera – The former Porto stalwart and Atletico Madrid ratter now plies his trade in MLS. Herrera has captained Houston Dynamo in more games (three) than he has won (two).

RW: Hirving Lozano – The most expensive Mexican player in history has not scored a league goal for El Tri since November 2021.

ST: Raul Jimenez – The last game Jimenez started was in front of 10,000 spectators at Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium. Lionel Messi’s Argentina at the World Cup provides a contrasting setting.

LW: Alexis Vega – In a dull 0-0 against Poland, Vega came closer than most to breaking the deadlock, taking five shots – the same number as the entire Polish contingent combined.

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