It was a first week to remember for the Mexico National Team contingency playing in the Champions League. Here is a small summary of how Hirving “Chucky” Lozano, Edson Alvarez, and Hector Herrera did with their respective clubs, including their goals.
Hirving “Chucky” Lozano - Napoli
While he didn’t score, from all three Mexican players that participated this week in the Champions League, his team had arguably the biggest result. Chucky played a total of 69 minutes as his side defeated the defending champs Liverpool 2-0 at the Stadio San Paolo.
On this occasion, Chucky played in more of a central role next to Dries Martens and looked quite participative during his time on the field. Coach Carlo Ancelotti was full of praise of the 24-year-old forward on the lead-up to this match, and one can only imagine he will continue to log in big minutes after his €40M move to the Gli Azzurri.
Edson Alvarez - Ajax
On Tuesday, Edson Alvarez recored his second goal in an Ajax jersey, helping the Dutch side earn a comfortable 3-0 win over Lille. Once again, Alvarez started in the middle of the field and took complete advantage by scoring from a delightful through ball from David Neres.
Prior to the match, Ajax legend and current youth coach Ronald de Boer was quite critical of Alvarez’s current role in the team, but by scoring, Alvarez had the perfect response for the former Barcelona reject.
Indeed, one of Alvarez’s defining characteristics has always been his mental fortitude, and it is good to see him not shy away from this type of criticism. Vamos Edson!
Hector Herrera - Atletico Madrid
Edson Alvarez wasn’t the only Mexican to get on the scoresheet this week as Hector Herrera’s 90th minute header helped Atletico Madrid come from two goals down to earn an exciting 2-2 draw at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Facing a tough Juventus side, HH made his official debut with Los Colchoneros, and it turned out to be like something out of a dream. Coming on for the injured Thomas Partey, HH was both bright and influential, and when it looked like Juventus was going back to Turin with all three points, Herrera delivered with a huge last-minute header to send the home fans into a frenzy.
After the game, coach “Cholo” Simeone was quite complimentary of Herrera and even hinted that more minutes may be coming his way.