The Mexican national team is still struggling to find its footing and its captain is in a bit of a funk, but the coach believes the team is on the right track.
Rodriguez, 31, is one of the most promising young talents in Mexican soccer and the coach admits he has been “invisible” for most of his career.
He has made only three appearances for Mexico since joining in 2014 and he is yet to make an appearance for the national team, despite his contract extension through 2021.
Rodrejos, a left-footed midfielder, has made just six appearances for the Mexican national side and hasn’t scored for the country since March, 2016.
Rodriquez, who has played in the Premier League, Champions League, and Copa Libertadores, says his first experience of playing for Mexico was at a friendly against Uruguay in the country’s first World Cup qualifier in Brazil in 2014.
“My first impression of playing with the national teams was at the Copa Sudamericana in Brazil,” he told ESPN FC.
“That was a very exciting moment in my life.”
Rodrigues goalscoring prowess, as well as his ability to find the back of the net, has been well documented for the past two seasons.
He netted 12 goals and set up four more during the 2013-14 season.
He also managed four goals and six assists in 2016-17, which was his second year with the team.
Rodríguez has played a large part in the team’s success in recent years and has become a key member of the team as the squad has gone through a difficult time.
His presence in the lineup has been vital, with the coach saying the player has helped the team overcome the team-specific problems in its game.
Rodrozos is a central midfielder, who is also a defender, but his role on the pitch has changed dramatically over the past three seasons.Rodreto Sánchez, an Argentina international, is currently playing for the Tigres U20s, and he says the team needs a leader in the backline.
Sánchek, who turns 28 in December, is part of a talented midfield that includes Juan Cuadrado, Javier Hernandez, and Diego Alves.
Sánchel, who scored a goal and assisted on the winning goal in Mexico’s 4-1 win over Honduras in their last match of the 2016 World Cup, says the squad is still lacking in leadership in the attacking third.
“The backline is the main problem.
It’s the same for every team.
Everyone wants to score, but in our case, we have no leadership,” he said.”
I know it’s very difficult for the players because of the injuries and fatigue.
They need to step up.
If we can get a bit more experience in the next games, maybe that’s a good thing.”