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Mexico's Argentina friendlies highlight the problems that exist, changes that are needed for El Tri

Mexico have some talented young players but two defeats in Argentina were a real reality check in terms of expectations.
Mexico have some talented young players but two defeats in Argentina were a reality check in terms of expectations.

MENDOZA, Argentina -- Labels like "roller coaster," "highs" and "lows" feel lazy. But how else do you categorize the Mexican national team in 2018?

Few fans know what it is like to experience their team winning a World Cup, but not many will go through the range of emotions that El Tri fans did on June 17, when Mexico historically defeated reigning champion Germany in their World Cup opener.

However brief, however fleeting that moment was, it was also real; Mexico finally looked to have a team...

Mexico Hot List: Henry Martin impresses in Argentina friendlies, but Marco Fabian struggles

Henry Martin, right, was one of several Mexico internationals to impress in a pair of friendlies against Argentina.

The international break is now officially over for Mexico. Following two consecutive 2-0 losses to Argentina in the last five days, El Tri has emerged from the November friendlies with a number of lessons learned. With a focus on those two recent matches, here is the latest national team hot-list.

Warming Up

Guillermo Ochoa, GK, Standard Liege

Why he's here: During the first 2-0 loss to Argentina on Nov. 16, Ochoa emerged as Mexico's best player on the pitch. Thanks to his impressive stops,...

If the 2022 World Cup started today: Looking at the major nations

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson shares his thoughts on the team most likely to win the World Cup if it were to take place tomorrow.
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The next World Cup is four years away, but if the tournament began today, how would the biggest countries line up? Further, what do they need to do between now and kickoff on Nov. 21, 2022?

We asked our writers to look into the future. Click on the flags below to see that nation.

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Starting XI if the World Cup began today
Sergio Romero; Renzo Saravia, Juan Foyth, Nicolas Otamendi, Nicolas Tagliafico; Giovani Lo Celso, Leandro Paredes, Exequiel Palacios; Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala,...


Ricardo Ferretti: Mexico has talent but players 'stuck in the same place'

MENDOZA, Argentina -- Ricardo "Tuca" Ferretti's spell in charge of the Mexican national team ended with a 2-0 defeat to Argentina on Tuesday, which makes it five out of six losses, but the current Tigres coach is happy he has bought the Mexican federation time to look for a new coach.

"It would've been premature to choose [a coach] immediately [after Juan Carlos Osorio left] and with my presence they've had the required time to choose the one that will surely take the Mexican national team to the...