Speaking to the media on Monday, Juan Carlos Osorio confirmed there will be changes to Mexico’s starting lineup for tomorrow’s game against Canada. Captain Rafa Márquez will not start after leaving Friday’s game at halftime for precautionary reasons; in addition, Osorio does not plan to put Alfredo Talavera back in goal.
Whether it will be Jesús Corona or Alejandro Palacios getting the nod in net remains to be seen, with Osorio stating they each have an equal chance of starting. If the Pumas man gets the call, it will mark his first cap for El Tri.
In Friday’s meeting between Mexico and Canada in Vancouver, Osorio went with a 4-3-3 featuring Talavera, Paul Aguilar, Diego Reyes, Héctor Moreno, Miguel Layún, Héctor Herrera, Márquez, Andrés Guardado, Hirving Lozano, Javier Hernández, and Jesús Manuel Corona.
The formation will be the same on Tuesday in the Estadio Azteca, but the personnel will be somewhat distinct. More changes are likely than the confirmed ones of Talavera and Márquez, as Osorio stated that, “All the boys deserve to play, they all want to play.”
Another reason to rotate players is to get a better look at the squad ahead of this summer’s Copa América Centenario and the Olympic Games. While the Olympics are age-restricted, some of the Olympic-eligible players – like one of Friday’s goalscorers, Hirving Lozano – are making a case to join the senior squad for the Copa América.
Update: Tuesday’s official starting XI is:
Jesús Corona; Paul Aguilar, Néstor Araujo, Héctor Moreno, Miguel Layún; Héctor Herrera, Jesús Molina, Andrés Guardado; Marco Fabián, Raúl Jiménez, Jesús Manuel Corona.