The first call for Gerardo & # 39; Tata & # 39; Martino will be released this week and, of course, there will be great emphasis on the return of the "Europeans" who, the Argentine coach has already said, will form an important percentage of the team.
However, the most intriguing aspect will not be the return of Javier "Chicharito" Hernández and Andrés Guardado for the first time since the World Cup, but the players of the Liga MX that Martino can choose to accompany them.
There were clues about Martino's intentions at the February camp. Martino did not choose experienced goalkeepers like Jesús Corona and Alfredo Talavera and chose only two players over 30 years; 14 in the age range between 20-25 and 8 in the range of 25-30. The average age was 24.9 years.
If there was a change of generation, this would proceed with the players of the Mx League, because there is a relative absence of young Mexican players under 25 in Europe: only Hirving Lozano, Erick Gutiérrez, Omar Govea and Diego Lainez play regularly in respectable series.
So far, in 2019, there have been positive signs in terms of the younger generation in Liga MX.
Carlos Rodríguez, from Monterrey, is enjoying a great season; César Montes established himself before José María Basanta in Rayados; Orbelín Pineda de Cruz Azul has shown some signs that he is returning to his level; Even his teammate, Roberto Alvarado, is developing very well; Edson Álvarez is now established in America, as Jorge Sánchez, while young as Veracruz goalkeeper Sebastián Jurado, Alexis Vega of Chivas and José Juan Macías de León have become media titles at different points of the season so far.
But the harsh reality is that today it is difficult to find many places for young players on the list to be tackled chile is paraguay. Many could work in the U23 selection under the orders of Jaime Lozanoand there is a theory that it is better that the generation of players eligible for the Olympic Games stay together until after Tokyo 2020.
Let's do the calculations. With Héctor Herrera out for problems relating to the obtaining of the Portuguese passport, it is likely that there are 11 players in Europe who are making the trip. Erick Gutiérrez should be in the team, even if the minutes were difficult to get at PSV Eindhoven, while Oswaldo Alanís (Real Oviedo), Antonio Briseno (Feirense) and Omar Govea (Royal Antwerp) probably did not do enough to be included.
In MLS, Jonathan dos Santos (LA Galaxy) and Carlos Vela (LAFC) are ready, although Marco Fabian (Philadelphia Union) may be out this time, due to his lack of minutes from the World Cup.
There are only 12 places left in a list of 25 players, although we should not rule out that Martin calls more names.
Players insured in Mexico like Carlos Salcedo (Tigres), Alvarez, Luis "Chaka" Rodriguez (Tigres), Jesus Gallardo (Monterrey), Miguel Layún (Monterrey) and Víctor Guzmán (Pachuca) seem assured. Then Martino will see the group of goalkeepers. Jonathan Orozco (Santos Laguna), Hugo Gonzalez (Necaxa), Raúl Gudiño (Chivas) and Gibrán Lajud (Club Tijuana) are fighting to support Guillermo Ochoa.
If two goalkeepers are selected, and adding the above names are already 21 of the 25 names. From there, it is difficult to choose. The Montes level helps their inclusion; midfielder José Juan "Gallito" Vázquez seems to have returned to the sheepfold after losing his place with Juan Carlos Osorio; Alvarado is a player who Martino said he had a bright future and Rodriguez was exceptional for Rayados.
Unless Martin is ready to start "shaking the boat", players like Sanchez, Hiram Mier, Jesus Angulo, Jesus Dueñas, Juan Vigon, Luis Montes, Rodolfo Pizarro, Henry Martin, Macias, Isaac Brizuela, Erick Aguirre, Alan Pulido, José Abella, Gerardo Arteaga, Vega and many others could be outside of Martino's first call.
Forecast for the Mexico vs Mexico Chile / Paraguay call (25 players):
Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa, Jonathan Orozco, Hugo González
defenses: Diego Reyes, Hector Moreno, Néstor Araujo, Edson Álvarez, César Montes, Carlos Salcedo, Miguel Layún, Luis "Chaka" Rodríguez, Jesús Gallardo
midfielders: José Juan "Gallito" Vázquez, Víctor Guzmán, Jonathan dos Santos, Andrés Guardado, Erick Gutiérrez, Carlos Rodríguez
Forwards: Roberto Alvarado, Carlos Vela, Diego Lainez, Hirving Lozano, Javier Hernandez, Raúl Jiménez, Jesús Corona