El Tri qualified for the Confederations Cup by winning the CONCACAF Cup against the USMNT in 2015, and will represent their region. They're sitting pretty on top of the Hex standings, three points clear of second-placed Costa Rica, and they've lost just one out of their last 13 matches. Still, they were smashed by Chile in the last match they came up against a top 15 opponent and the Confederations Cup will be a huge test for Juan Carlos Osorio's side.
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Juan Carlos Osorio is going to tinker
Juan Carlos Osorio doesn't like to keep things staid. He changes his lineups regularly, rotating goalkeepers, field players, swapping formations and keeping everyone on their toes. It's safe to say El Recreacionista will continue in that vein in Russia, and it will be interesting to see how much -- and how -- he flips the script from game to game.
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Carlos Vela is back firing, but will he stay hot?
Carlos Vela went on a self-imposed leave of absence from Mexico's team and even when he came back, he struggled to make an impact. But so far this summer with El Tri he's been finding the back of the net. He's been in stellar form recently, but he's an incredibly hot-and-cold player, and the freeze could hit at any point when it comes to the Real Sociedad man. Vela was on target against the U.S. in Mexico's last match and was dangerous against Honduras, but will that continue in Russia?
Hirving Lozano is Mexico's next big hope
Mexico have a number of bright, talented young players coming through their ranks, but none of them are more exciting than Hirving "Chucky" Lozano. There's interest from around Europe in the 21-year-old Pachuca attacker, and he probably won't be playing his club ball at home in Mexico for much longer. All eyes will be on him in Russia too, and his stock could rise even higher with a strong showing in the Confederations Cup.
Jonathan Dos Santos and Hector Herrera can cement their spots
Jonathan dos Santos and Hector Herrera have been fantastic together in the heart of Mexico's midfield, and their performances alongside each other have even given Juan Carlos Osorio pause on his typical tinkering. They offer great balance both in attack and defense, and this tournament could be the chance for them to cement their place in El Tri's midfield. Will Osorio keep the magic going?
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The old man is still going strong
Rafa Marquez will not go away. The 38-year-old Atlas defender is the oldest player in the tournament, and still an integral part of Mexico's team. He's likely to add to his 139 caps in Russia, and there's a strong chance he'll make it to the World Cup next year as well. He's the ageless wonder.