Carlos Salcido replaces Jose Juan Vasquez in El Tri's starting XI for the round of 16, while the rest of the squad remains the same from the three group-stage matches.
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Herrera admitted in Saturday’s press conference that Salcido wouldn’t give his side the same intensity in the center of the field as Vazquez, who is out due to a yellow-card suspension, but said his experience and timing would be important factors.
Guillermo Ochoa once again starts in goal for Mexico, with Miguel Layun and Paul Aguilar the wing backs; Hector Moreno, Rafa Marquez and Francisco “Maza” Rodriguez are the center backs; Salcido will be in front of the them with Hector Herrera and Andres Guardado the box-to-box midfielders. Upfront, Oribe Peralta and Giovani dos Santos will continue their partnership, with Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez on the bench.
Herrera declared it will be a difficult game and that it will be an honor to share the touchline with Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal, but added that he is sure El Tri will win.
The Mexico coach also said the CONCACAF region deserves more respect on a world level after three teams from the confederation made the round of 16 at the World Cup.
“CONCACAF has grown,” he said. “It should stop being seen as weak. We're ready to fight toe-to-toe with other confederations.”
The former Club America manager also thanked Mexico fans for their support and declared that against the Netherlands in Fortaleza on Sunday, green-clad fans will outnumber those in orange.
“Mexicans do the impossible to get to Brazil,” stated Herrera. "I’m sure our fans will make us feel like the home side once again.”