Miguel Herrera to partner Chicharito, Peralta in Nigeria friendly

Miguel Herrera will take advantage of having his Europe-based players available, with several players left out of the World Cup playoff returning to the starting XI.

Mexico coach Miguel Herrera announced Tuesday that he will field a team made up of predominantly Europe-based players in Wednesday’s friendly against Nigeria, while the Javier Hernandez-Oribe Peralta partnership that was criticized during World Cup qualification will be given another chance to shine. 

Guillermo Ochoa starts in goal for El Tri and has an important opportunity to stake his claim for the No. 1 shirt, with the three center backs made up of Diego Reyes, Rafa Marquez and Hector Moreno. Bayer Leverkusen’s Andres Guardado will start as the left wing back, with Paul Aguilar on the right. 

In midfield, Herrera is still debating whether Javier Aquino or Juan Carlos Medina should begin the match alongside Porto’s Hector Herrera and Leon’s Luis Montes.

If Aquino gets the nod, it will likely mean Herrera will get a chance in the defensive midfield role, with Montes and Aquino given more freedom to attack. 

Up front, “Chicharito” Hernandez and Peralta will attempt to ignite a partnership that has so far failed to really spark.

Both have superb goal-scoring records at both club and international level, but the feeling remains that they tend to make the same kinds of runs, with neither primarily known for their ability to drop off the front line.

Mexico XI: Ochoa, Reyes, Marquez, Moreno, Guardado, Aguilar, Herrera, Medina or Aquino, Montes, Peralta, Hernandez.

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