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Oct

Five points to El Tri’s friendly vs. Finland

Mexico interim boss Miguel Herrera spent the past couple of weeks preparing his revamped squad for the modest test ahead against Finland tonight in San Diego.

They must start to show the necessary progress in those labors. This encounter with the domestic-based Finns offers the only opportunity to take the field prior to the World Cup playoff with New Zealand next month. It is not an opportunity El Tri can afford to squander.

Herrera must evaluate his chosen starting XI (more on his team selection in a moment) and sift through his squad. He cannot afford to waste time with a system to implement and more players to integrate with his regulars from Club América. With those tenets in mind, Herrera must ponder a few quandaries as the spectacle unfolds at Qualcomm Stadium:

Mexico (5-3-2): Munoz; Aguilar, Márquez, Rodríguez, Valenzuela, Layún; Medina, Peña, Montes; Jiménez, Peralta

1. Is seven too many?: Herrera opted to include seven Club América players in his starting XI to face Finland. It makes sense to include them to facilitate the transition to the 5-3-2 setup, but their enduring presence raises questions about whether Herrera is making the best use of the resources available to him. His stars must produce against a poor opponent in order to justify his faith and validate his decision to lean so heavily upon them.

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