This morning was the draw for the Champions League and its much maligned little brother, the Europa League. A few Mexicans are still left. Let's see who they matched up against.
Benfica vs Dortmund
The Portuguese giants got a tough draw in Dortmund but I wouldn't be surprised to see them go through. Raul Jimenez is fully back from injury and is back to banging in goals. His huge transfer fee is not dragging him down as it has others. Look for him to play a big part in whether Benfica make the next round
Porto vs Juventus
PorTri will be facing a well organized defensive team in Juventus. The exact type of team that has given them trouble. In a bit of reversal from last season, Tecatito has been the one starting w/Herrera & Layun coming off the bench. Layun has been relegated to bench since Maxi has returned from injury. Herrera has been in and out of the lineup for Porto. There's some thought he will be with Juventus by the time this fixture kicks off.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Atlético Madrid
If Leverkusen want to have any chance of advancing, they need to get healthy. Bellarabi should be back in January, just in time for this fixture. Something else that would help is Chicharito putting the ball in the back of the net. His goal drought keeps increasing but the Mexican is always one good game from getting hot again.
Villarreal vs Roma
Jona's side takes Europa League serious and will have a tough matchup in Italian side, Roma. Barring any injuries, Jona will be playing his customary right midfield position. If the team needs him as a #10, Jona has filled in there as well.
Fiorentina vs Monchengladbach
Salcedo has incorporated into the squad well and is in the first team rotation. He plays in a few different positions for Fiorentina and his flexibility keeps him on the field. El Tri will be reaping the benefits of his move as he joins the fight for playing time at CB in 2017.
Which Mexican do you think will make it to the next round?