Mexican national team players are back in full force.
The past weekend saw several El Tri figures confront each other in league matches, raising the stakes. In the Eredivisie, Edson Alvarez and Jorge Sanchez represented Ajax against Santiago Gimenez’s Feyenoord, while in La Liga, Cesar Montes and Espanyol faced Andres Guardado’s Real Betis.
But it was the Serie A match between Salernitana and Napoli that made history for Mexicans abroad, as Guillermo Ochoa and Chucky Lozano stood as the first two El Tri players to compete against one another in the Italian league.
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Feyenoord hosted rivals Ajax at the De Kuip Stadium, seeing Santiago Gimenez take on Jorge Sanchez and Edson Alvarez.
Sanchez and Alvarez kicked off for Ajax, forming an integral part of Alfred Schreuder’s backline, while Gimenez came off the bench in the 74th minute to add to Feyenoord’s attack.
Alvarez served as a center-back this time around, switching it up from his usual central midfield position. The player insisted he feels comfortable in either position, giving Ajax the much-needed flexibility given the limited roster.
Gimenez had a stellar change late in the second half, beating Alvarez inside the box, but ultimately the game ended in a 1-1 draw as goals from Igor Paixão and Davy Klaassen canceled each other out.
Erick Gutierrez is quickly becoming a staple of PSV’s midfield under manager Ruud van Nistelrooy.
The player became a force to be reckoned with against Vitesse, completing 88% of his passes, winning 6/8 aerial duels, and managing one shot on goal. His efforts inspired the 1-0 victory to propel the team to second on the Eredivisie table.
Guillermo Ochoa’s Salernitana hosted Hirving ‘Chucky’ Lozano’s Napoli at the Stadio Arechi on Saturday, marking the first confrontation between two El Tri figures in Serie A.
Despite his best efforts, Ochoa conceded two goals but it could’ve easily been four had he not managed two excellent saves in the second half.
Chucky, on the other hand, played a backseat role in the match on the right wing. He managed two shots and a 76% passing accuracy before being subbed off in the 86th minute.
Raul Jimenez is slowly working his way back into Wolves’ starting 11 under manager Julen Lopetegui. The Mexican national team player kicked off against Manchester City, before being subbed out for the second half.
Orbelin Pineda also started for AEK Athens against Ionikos in the Greek Super League, inspiring the team to a 2-1 victory. He’s become a crucial part of Athen’s success, recording one goal and one assist in the past 10 days.
Cesar Montes started for Espanyol against Andres Guardado’s Real Betis. He’s quickly gained momentum in the La Liga team, since joining this past transfer window from Liga MX’s Rayados de Monterrey.