In ESPN Digital we present the immediate commitments that the pupils led by Gerardo Martino will have and the panorama they face in the closing of their leagues
The break for the date FIFA It came to an end and the Mexican players who are active in Europe returned to their clubs to undertake the closure of their local leagues and seek the last places for European positions or, even, be crowned as champions in their competitions.
Hirving Lozano – Naples
The ‘Chucky’ is finally back after an injury that stopped him for almost two months. The Mexican became one of the best elements of the Italian team led by Gennaro Gattuso and this weekend (Saturday) they will collide with Crotone. Currently, the pupils of ‘Rino’ are fifth with 53 points and are in the UEFA Europa League position. They are just two units behind Atalanta, which is fourth and holds the last place in the UEFA Champions League.
Jesus Manuel Corona – Porto
The ‘Tecatito’ is in the sights of the hurricane and much has been said about a potential signing to a more important team in the Old Continent, however, he will focus on facing Santa Clara this Saturday and seek to approach Sporting Lisbon at the top of the general table of the Primeira Liga, in addition to that he needs to detach himself from Benfica to continue with the qualification position for the UEFA Champions League. And the following week, on Wednesday, they will meet Chelsea in the first leg quarterfinals of the Champions League.
Héctor Herrera – Atlético de Madrid
The ‘Zorro’ will seek to obtain the confidence of Diego Simeone again to take over the ownership with the mattress box and thus face Sevilla this Sunday. The rojiblancos are leaders with 66 points after 28 games and want to get away from Barcelona and Real Madrid, who are on their heels. Meanwhile, with the top of the table in LaLiga they have a guaranteed place for the UEFA Champions League next season.
Diego Lainez and Andrés Guardado – Real Betis
Both players in the Heliopolitan team are important pieces in Manuel Pellegrini’s scheme and this weekend they will collide with Elche. Currently, the green-and-white box is sixth in LaLiga with 45 points, the same as Real Sociedad, which are fifth and have direct qualification to the Europa League. Although it looks difficult for them to cut 10 units with Sevilla, which is fourth and goes to the Champions League, those of the ‘Engineer’ will undoubtedly seek to return to Europe as it is.
Néstor Araujo – Celta de Vigo
After last season when the team experienced the decline very closely, this season they are better placed in the general table and out of risk of losing the category. Currently they are tenth first with 34 units and they do not have much possibility of European positions, but their mission was to get out of the bottom of the table and they did. This Sunday they will collide with Alavés.
Edson Alvarez – Ajax
The ‘Machín’ earned the trust of Erik ten Hag and is a pillar of the Dutch midfield. Little by little, the Mexican has commanded the actions in the central circle and defends in a good way. Meanwhile, on Sunday they will meet Heerenveen in the Eredivisie and thus take care of the first place they have in the competition with 66 units and that has them in Champions League positions for the following campaign.
Erick Gutierrez – PSV Eindhoven
‘Guti’ has not had the desired activity and has suffered many injuries during his time in Europe. In spite of everything, his football is on the rise and every time he adds more minutes. His team is second in the Dutch league with 55 units and would play a qualification to the Champions League if they finish the tournament in that position. Meanwhile, they will play against Heracles on Sunday.
Gerardo Arteaga – Genk
The national team has gradually established itself in the Jupiler League in Belgium. This Monday they will collide with Leuven looking to get closer to Antwerp in second place. In spite of everything, if they finish in that position, they are guaranteed their place in the championship round to define the local champion. In addition, if they go up to second place they can access a qualification to play the play-offs that can give them a place in the continental tournament.