Miguel Layun: Juan Carlos Osorio did not deserve fan criticism

Mexico international Miquel Layun has said that former national team coach Juan Carlos Osorio did not deserve the criticism from the fans. The Colombian guided El Tri to yet another World Cup but they were not able to break the Quinto Partido curse as they were ousted during the round of 16 stage.

Shortly after, Osorio received plenty of criticism from the country’s supporters before stepping down from his role and Layun has now expressed his support towards the manager saying: “I don’t know [why fans didn’t take to Osorio], you’d have to ask them. In my opinion, it depends on how close you are, because I’ve experienced that.
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CHICHARITO TO REMAIN AT LONDON STADIUM

Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez is set to remain at the London Stadium for much longer as new West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrinihas assured him of a central role in the team, as per reports. The Chilean has been charged with restoring the prestige of the club. He has promised to bring back attacking football to the east London side.

Despite heavy spending in the past two seasons, the Hammers have not had commensurate improvements. They flirted with the danger zones both terms and require re-engineering to return on track. Pellegrini excelled at Malaga and Manchester city with the 4-2-2 and 4-3-3 formation respectively.With the attacking football he is preaching, the coach would need to drop some key players, rework the starting 11 and possibly add some of his own.
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CHICHARITO TO PLAY ON AS CARROLL RESUMES

Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandezis set to continue for West Ham United despite the return of Andy Carroll to the setup.


The Mexican has helped the team become an attacking threat as he retains his trademark rebound style. His small size but swift nature and good positioning skill upfront have started yielding results. He would play along with the oft-injured but dangerous Carroll who returns to action.

With Carroll fighting off defenders with his height and experience, Chicharito can better play the fox in the box role to get goals. Playing as a sole striker upfront where he would be required to hold up play has been frustrating so far. With the England international taking over such duties, the Irons should get better returns from Chicharito.

Any rebound or dropped shot is as good as a goal with the diminutive South American. Coach SlavenBilic is under pressure to perform else risk losing his job. After three losses in three games so far, the tables have to turn fast. Continue reading CHICHARITO TO PLAY ON AS CARROLL RESUMES

MEXICO SEND RUSSIA PACKING

Russia did all they could in Kazan against Mexico but their best was not enough as the hosts were eliminated from the Confederations Cup after losing 2-1 to the visitors.


They needed at least a win to move to the semifinals, which saw them giving their best and taking the lead with a goal by Alexander Samedov in the first half.

However, the tactical Mexico side equalized with Néstor Araujo in the same first half and got the leading goal early in the second half through Hirving Lozano following the mistake from the Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev.

Russia got many opportunities in the match, but poor finishing did not see them utilize it.

Several players missed clear opportunities throughout the match played in front of 41,585 people at Kazan Arena. The host players gathered in the middle of the pitch to hail the fans after the final whistle was blown as the crowd continued to applaud them.

The first goal of the match came in the 25th minute after the striker Fedor Smolov struck reached the goalkeeper with a rocketed shot and Yury Zhirkov had his shot saved by Guillermo Ochoa. Continue reading MEXICO SEND RUSSIA PACKING

Chicharito ready for Confederations Cup

Mexico striker Chicharito said that he is ready for the Confederations Cup which will be held in Russia during the summer.


The player has been suffering repetitive injuries this season and has just returned to this club in the closing stage of the season.

He admitted that this season has not been easy on the injury front as he has spent more time on the bench than on the pitch. However, he believes that this rough patch is behind him and that he will be ready for the Confederations Cup.

Chicharito said that he has good memories of this tournament in Brazil as he scored 3 goals. Unfortunately for him, his team did not go pass the group stage, and he could not add to his tally in this particular tournament.

The Mexico striker said that he would be hoping that his good form continues in the Confederations Cup and that he will be able to score more goals. Continue reading Chicharito ready for Confederations Cup

CHICHARITO HELPS MEXICO TO REACH HEX TOP

Mexican football recorded a high when the national team defeated Costa Rica 2-0.


Winning that battle has helped the nation to the top of the Hexagonal round in CONCACAF World Cup qualification.

The night would be one embattled striker Javier Hernandez would not forget in a long while. The night saw him get a goal after nine months. The former Manchester United hitman equaled Borgetti’s record in fine style. The El Tri legend scored 46 goals in 89 appearances for Mexico and Chicharito equaled it when he scored his 46th as well on his 89th match.

Doing this when the states were high – a major World Cup qualifying match – was much more praised than if it were during the friendly game against the US or Trinidad and Tobago next week.

Former Gunner star Carlos Vela sent a well-timed pass to the player in the 7th minute. Chicharito lifted the ball over the onrushing Madrid keeper KeylorNavas. Estadio Azteca, which hosted the match, went wild in celebrations. Continue reading CHICHARITO HELPS MEXICO TO REACH HEX TOP