Mexico are set to face their greatest problem of the 2022 World Cup on Saturday, when confronting Group C rivals Argentina on the Lusail Stadium.
El Tri enters the sport with one level after managing a 0-0 draw in opposition to Poland that noticed goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa heroically save Robert Lewandowski’s penalty to maintain spherical of 16 hopes alive. Argentina presently boasts no factors, dropping 2-1 to Saudi Arabia to land in final place of the Group C standings.
However earlier than diving into the significance of the upcoming match , Hirving ‘Chucky’ Lozano highlighted the essence of the World Cup: taking part in in opposition to a few of the world’s biggest figures.
:We’re going to face a terrific rival, they’ve the most effective on the earth and with nice gamers, who for me is Messi,” mentioned the Napoli determine.
“All of them play for large golf equipment, and I feel they nonetheless have a accountability to come back out with every little thing. I really like taking part in in opposition to the most effective. Messi is that for me. It’s a particular second, seeing him head to head and taking part in in opposition to him is one thing very good.”
It has been 11 years because the two nations final got here collectively in a World Cup setting. Argentina triumphed 3-1 within the spherical of 16 match of the 2010 event, eradicated Mexico earlier than happening to lose within the quarter-finals.
Lozano recalled the sport, earlier than calling Saturday’s rematch a “nice alternative”.
“The one I take into accout probably the most is the one in 2010 in South Africa, it was a terrific match between the 2. Sadly Mexico was eradicated, however a terrific alternative tomorrow and it’s in us. Arabia’s outcome with Argentina was a really shocking outcome. I feel it was extra from Arabia. They performed their recreation they usually deliberate it very nicely.”
Argentina holds the sting with a 16W-14D-5L report in opposition to Mexico. However Gerardo Martino’s facet hopes to vary the course of historical past on Saturday.
“I feel we now have some nice footballers, plenty of high quality, we’re making ready the sport very nicely, we’re up in opposition to a terrific rival. We at all times have hope and the chance to advance and it solely stays as much as us. I feel we’re heading in the right direction, we now have the chance tomorrow and the coach goes to inform us how one can plan it nicely,” said Lozano.
After going through Argentina, Mexico will conclude the group stage in opposition to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, November 30.