El Tri is currently riding on a high after dismantling the United States 3-0 in last Friday’s friendly to make it 11 straight games without a defeat since Martino’s appointment. Under Martino, Mexico have been both effective and a fun to watch, but historically, Argentina has always been a tough team to beat for El Tri, going 16 years without a win versus La Albiceleste.
That said, the Argentine-born Martino is expected to go with all his top guns against the national team he once coached from 2014 to 2016. Most notably, a front three of Jesus Manuel “Tecatito” Corona, Raul Jimenez and Hirving “Chucky” Lozano is in the cards, promising El Tri fans a preview of what could be one of the most dynamic Mexican front threes in recent memory.
Of course, the same can’t be said of Argentina, who will be missing a number of key players. Those hoping to to see Lionel Messi in action in the Lone Star State will be bitterly disappointed as the Argentine superstar is currently serving a three-month suspension. In addition to Messi, Argentina will be without regulars like Sergio Aguero, Nicolas Otamendi and Angel Di Maria.
Nonetheless, no matter the players on the field, Argentina always deserves plenty of respect, and while on paper this might look like the most beatable Argentine side in a long time, no game against La Albiceleste is ever easy.
Date: Tuesday, September 10
Time: 7:00pm Pacific, 9:00pm Central, 10:00pm Eastern
Venue: Alamodome, San Antonio Texas
TV: Univision (US-Español), TUDN USA (US-Español), Canal 5 Televisa (Mexico), Azteca 7 (Mexico), TUDN (Mexico)
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